Dipali Gupta, India / Malaysia
Dipali Gupta’s art practice is an exploration of societal constructs from the domain of the feminine. Influenced by Foucauldian biopolitics, religious habituations, socio-political constructs, and its psychosomatic effects, Dipali’s experimental works question the normative and strive to reclaim space and meaning. Her concepts usually defy myths of domestication, reproduction, spectatorship, self, and identity. Set amongst Deleuzian societies of control, her practice subverts notions of patriarchy, androcentricity and binarism. Her multi-disciplinary approach re-appropriate less significant genres by layering concepts with artistic and social canons. Her research interests include feminist theory, post humanism, the body and identity politics.
Dipali won the prestigious Chan Davies Art Prize in 2018 and is nominated finalist for The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, 2022. Her series titled ‘Her Pleasure’ examine contemporary notions of female sexuality and explore the concept of the assemblage and Donna Haraway’s cyborg. The absence of the female body in her drawings, videos, and performance rupture the signifier of female sexuality which is traditionally lauded to be sexual and objectified for the male gaze.
Dipali Gupta, currently lives in Kuala Lumpur. Her work has been exhibited in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur with expositions and symposium in Portugal, London, Miami, Paris and New Delhi. A graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and Goldsmith’s University, London, Dipali was nominated for the Young Master’s Art Prize 2019 and The Wells Art Contemporary Award 2020, London. She was selected for the Drawing Research Residency 2020 by L’AIR Arts, Paris and co-moderates the reading group, ‘Constructing the Body’ for Malaysia Design Archive. Her recent projects include The Ilham Art Show, 2022, Singapore Art Week 2021 and NAFAS, Mayabank Emerging Women Artists of 2021.