Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator, curator, activist, and scholar from India. In his work he focuses on race, migration and queer issues, critiquing attitudes toward same-sex relationships in India and raises awareness not only of homophobia but also of issues around the life of HIV-positive people.
Gupta is a founding member of Autograph ABP and set up the Organisation for Visual Arts (OVA), to promote a greater understanding of culturally diverse practices in the visual arts, as an Iniva franchise. In 2006, the OVA archive was donated to The Stuart Hall Library. He has contributed to Iniva’s Research Networks both in 2013 and 2017.
His works have been shown extensively including solo exhibitions at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto (2018), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2018), SepiaEye, New York (2017), Whitney Humanities Centre, Yale (2015), Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi (2012), Grosvenor Vadehra, London (2010), Sepia Gallery, New York (2009) amongst others.
His photography project Reflections of the Black Experience (1986) reflects on black experiences in London and was shown in Brixton Art Gallery in a group exhibition of the same name in 1986. The exhibition led to the formation of Autograph – ABP following discussions. The exhibition was also featured in the survey exhibition ‘The Place Is Here’ at South London Gallery in 2017.
He obtained a Diploma in Photography from the West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1981, an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 1983 and enrolled at the University of Westminster in 2018 for his PhD.
He is also the Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest, India (2018).
Gupta lives in London.