Please join us on Wednesday 26 October at 1pm UK time for TenderChats, our ongoing series of live conversations. We invite photographer and curator Sunil Gupta to discuss We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference, recently published by Aperture.
We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference offers an unparalleled firsthand account of Sunil Gupta’s writing and critical inquiry since the 1970s. Newspaper articles, speeches, and essays show Gupta’s crucial role at the center of grassroots queer and postcolonial organizing throughout an artistic career lived between Canada, the UK, and India. In his pieces about homosexuality in Indian cities, the AIDS crisis, the Black Arts Movement, or key figures including Joy Gregory and Robert Mapplethorpe, Gupta foregrounds the power of cultural activism in the politically fraught contexts of London and Delhi, and illuminates the essential connections between queer migration and self-discovery. Continually questioning given forms of identity, Gupta offers artists and curators multiple strategies of resistance, carving out space for new ways of imagining what it might mean to live, love, and create.
TenderChats is an ongoing series of 30-minute musings on the magic and permanence of printed matter. A twice-monthly series of live conversations will be hosted by writer and publisher Dal Chodha on Instagram TV @tenderbooks.
This conversation takes place ahead of a launch and signing for We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference, in partnership with Aperture at Tenderbooks on Tuesday 1 November, 6-8pm.