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Shilpa Gupta is essentially a new media artist. Like many of her contemporaries, she considers the ‘web’ or internet an indispensable part of present day existence, and, consequentially, prefers various forms of cutting-edge technology as the vehicles for her interactions with the viewer. In a unique and humorous manner, Gupta continues to remind us of that which we are in danger of taking for granted – that it is indeed technology that connects us to each other and to the world.

Although Gupta’s works are developed largely through technological means, their significance lies in their candid communication the various issues that shape contemporary life, particularly the lives of young adults. In her works, Gupta touches on aspects of current, universal issues including environmental degradation, globalization, terrorism, war, intolerance, gender politics and human rights.

Shilpa Gupta was born in Mumbai in 1976, and, in 1997, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the sculpture department of the Sir J.J. School of Art in the same city. Amongst Gupta’s important solo and museum shows are those hosted by the Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; Sakshi Gallery Mumbai, in 2007; Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, in 2006; the Queens Museum, New York, in 2005; and the Tate Modern, London, in 2001. Gupta’s ‘Blessed Bandwidth.net’, an interactive internet project completed in 2003, was commissioned by the Tate online. In 2004, Gupta received the prestigious Transmediale Award in Berlin and the Sanskriti Prathisthan Award in New Delhi, and was recognized as International Artist of the Year by the South Asian Visual Artists Collective of Canada.

Shilpa Gupta lives and works in Mumbai, India.