Sunil Gupta – From Here to Eternity

9 October 2020 – 31 May 2021
The Photographer’s Gallery


Project description

From Here to Eternity is the first major retrospective of UK based photographer, Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, New Delhi India) and offers a complex and layered view of Gupta’s unique transcontinental photographic vision.

What does it mean to be a gay Indian man? This is the question that follows me around everywhere I go and is still ever present in my work – Sunil Gupta

Born in New Delhi, India, relocated to Montreal, Canada, before studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Gupta has been using photography as a critical practice since the 1970s.  Subversive, impulsive, personal and political, Sunil Gupta’s socially engaged projects have focused on such issues as family, race, migration and the complexities and taboos of sexuality and homosexual life. His work has been instrumental in raising awareness around the political realities concerning the fight for international gay rights and of making visible the tensions between tradition and modernity, public and private, the body and body politics.

Bringing together works from across his divergent and extensive career, From Here to Eternity features a range of series’ from street photography (Christopher Street, 1976) to narrative portraits (From Here to Eternity, 1999), along with highly staged and constructed scenes (The New Pre-Raphaelites, 2008) and a selection of early investigations into digital image making (Trespass, London, 1992-1995). From participating in New York’s active Gay Liberation Movement in the 1970s to his more recent campaigning for gay liberation in India, Sunil Gupta has been inspirational to generations of photographic activists and LGBTQ+ rights campaigners.

Read the full Press Release here and get ticket info here.

The exhibition is curated by Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP, London) in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery (London) and the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto).

A new publication will be published by the organising partners to accompany the exhibition. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, it will focus on ephemera and map the encounters and events that chart Gupta’s political and personal journey.

Supported by the Bagri Foundation

Talks and Events programme supported by the Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation

Organisers’ bios
 Autograph ABP was founded in 1988 in London to support black photographic practices. Autograph’s mission is to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice through work produced by artists who use photography and film. Their key aim is to connect audiences with our mission through the presentation of artistic programmes in the UK and internationally. Their strategy to deliver this aim is three-fold:
• Commission new work or present existing work made by contemporary artists which speaks to our mission
• Research, display and publish work which address the subjects of identity, representation, rights and justice
• Encourage the production of new knowledge and learning about this subject matter, both alone and through collaboration with other institutions.
 The Photographer’s Gallery was founded in 1971 by Sue Davies, OBE (14 April 1933 – 18 April 2020), as the first public gallery in the UK dedicated to the photography. Originally based in a converted Lyons Tea room in London’s Covent Garden, it’s mission was to provide a home for photographers as well as a serious space to showcase the breadth of the medium and champion its value and position as one of our most significant and accessible art-forms. Over the years, TPG has introduced many of the world’s greatest photographers to UK audiences including Juergen Teller, Robert Capa, Sebastiano Salgado and Andreas Gursky as well as exhibiting British talent, including Martin Parr, Corinne Day, Tish Murtha and Shirley Baker. Its annual photography prize, in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, consistently identifies and rewards photographers and work that re-defines the boundaries of the medium and shines a light on the most exciting work being produced today. it is equally committed to support for emergent talent, through exhibition, skills development and careers advice, sales and bursaries. It opened the doors to its current home in Ramillies St, Oxford Circus in 2012, with increased Gallery space and state of the art technology to continue to present the very best of photography – in all its forms. The seven-floor venue also offers enhanced events, talks and educational facilities, a new home for its beloved bookshop, a lovely café/bar and a dedicated space for the discovery, sale and presentation of photographic prints from a range of represented artists.