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Shilpa Gupta - The Curve, Barbican Centre

7 October 2021 to 6 February 2022 Barbican Centre

Opening this October, Barbican Art Gallery is delighted to present the first major London solo exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta. One of South Asia’s most critically acclaimed artists working today, Gupta’s practice uses a wide range of media and processes, from text, sculpture, video, photography, and sound.

For the Barbican’s 34th commission for The Curve, Gupta will present and build on her acclaimed project For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit (2017–18) – an immersive multi-channel installation which comprises 100 microphones suspended above 100 metal spikes, each piercing a page inscribed with a fragmented verse of poetry by a poet incarcerated for their work, writings, or beliefs. Shilpa Gupta’s new commission opens in The Curve on Thursday 7 October 2021.

Shilpa Gupta said: “When I first walked into the cavernous space of The Curve, it reminded me of a snaking back alley and perhaps even a spine of a curled-up creature. The curator’s proposition to show the sound installation, For, In Your Tongue I Cannot Fit, made sense - to infuse The Curve – with voices and sounds that hover, take risk and persist through the being of our societies.”

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