Bone China, 2015

Basel 2016
Chemould Prescott Road
Installation
Wood, glass, bone china ceramic
40.6 x 121.9 x 25.4 (厘米)
16.0 x 48.0 x 10.0 (吋)
Gupta explores the unstable correlation between what is presented by the state as the real versus the actual lived experiences of the populace, bringing focus to the chasm between the state as an idea and the state as a real-life organization; and how this misalignment allows for a highly fragile foundation upon which perceptions of identity, nation-hood, mobility and legality is premised. The idea of borders, as an imaginary line legalized by the state as a definition of itself, is ruptured by Gupta’s extensively researched work, which look at obscured identities of objects and persons moving across these borders. The border then becomes a part of a larger zone or ‘borderland’ that at once constructs and subverts the nation. Deploys diverse artistic forms to address various moments in the everyday lives of peoples living in these ‘borderlands’ and makes visible their state of statelessness, and their plight in the face of the recent political decision to reassign boundaries and citizen-ships. Looking at the lives of people in these Enclaves or Chhittmahals from the perspective of social life, issues of identity and livelihood and coping with the ideologies of nation, she presents a ground view on life and the negotiations one needs to make to survive in these no-man lands.