shilpa gupta's metal gate continuously swings back and forth breaking the wall behind it
 

shilpa gupta's metal gate continuously swings back and forth breaking the wall behind it

at the main exhibition of the 2019 venice art biennale, mumbai-based shilpa gupta presents untitled, a mechanical residential gate, the type installed in front of private driveways for seclusion and safety. this one, however, with its exaggerated spikes and protruding metal frame, swings back and forth of its own accord, hitting the gallery wall aggressively – and eventually cracking and breaking it.shilpa gupta's metal gate continuously swings back and forth breaking the wall behind itimage © designboom

 

 

 

shilpa gupta’s art often looks at the physical and ideological existence pf boundaries, revealing their simultaneously arbitrary and repressive functions. her works explore the interstitial zones between nation states, ethno-religious divides and structures of surveillance – between definitions of legal and illegal, belonging and isolation. gupta relates the strange central shape in the metalwork both to the outline of a territory and ‘a hole in a brain’, giving the gate a hauntingly anthropomorphic quality.

shilpa gupta's metal gate continuously swings back and forth breaking the wall behind itimage © designboom

image © designboom

image © designboom

shilpa gupta's metal gate continuously swings back and forth breaking the wall behind itimage © designboom

 

 

project info:

 

name: untitled

artist: shilpa gupta

exhibiton: la biennale di venezia – 58th international exhibition ‘may you live in interesting times’

duration: 11 may – 24 november 2019

location: venice, italy

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,360 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample