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Radical Housing and Socially-Engaged Art

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Shilpa Gupta’s project

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Shilpa Gupta chose a very basic disused wash – room in the caretakers compound, almost swallowed up by the expanse of Subba’s work. A retrieval of function became central to her engagement with a public site. She repaired the waterline, attached a tap, altered this roofless structure a bit towards her minimal, conceptual interests. A string of fairy lights was embedded in a ‘straight line on the inner and outer horizontal facades of this white structure. The dotted line ended in a full stop breast cast with prominent Aureolic hair. Inside the semi private washing area on the floor were embedded two square marble files with etched drawings like misplaced quotations from the history of art as a fragment of distant memory.

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