In his “Sun City” photo series, artist Sunil Gupta depicts an Indian man and his French lover, discreet as they visit Paris’s public spaces, and more erotically intimate in the privacy of a male bathhouse.
The works, on view as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Moving Still exhibit of contemporary South Asian photo artists, continue Gupta’s decades-old exploration of queer identity—especially in India, where homosexuality was a criminal act punishable with 10 years in prison until September 2018.
On Saturday (July 13), Gupta will give more personal insight into the theme as part of his keynote lecture at 3 p.m. at the gallery.
Also a curator and educator based in both India and Britain, he’ll speak about his art, race and migration, and his work toward empowering India’s gay communities.
Gupta's work has been presented in group shows in Paris, Bombay, Delhi, and London. Gupta is one of the original members of Autograph ABP, founded in 1988 as the Association of Black Photographers—a collective devoted to promoting photography by minority artists and contesting the discrimination of marginalized artists in Britain.