In her first solo exhibition with Sullivan+Strumpf, Kanchana Gupta offers a visceral and studied response to the urban environments she has inhabited for the past 25 years. Through the use of various quotidian materials exposed to extraordinary processes and compression, Gupta foreshadows the inadequacies of her dense urban surroundings. The show juxtaposes this overarching meta-narrative against Gupta’s own spatial and environmental experiences; underscoring the unprecedented consequence of migration, urbanization, and globalization.
The deliberately restrained and ambiguous title ‘458.32 Square Meters’ acknowledges the opulent desirable residences (or desres) that urban dwellers pursue and aspire to. In order to attain this, they allow themselves to be pressured, manipulated, and molded; much like the aggregate of material utilized in sculptural forms for the present show.
Layered, affixed, ripped, torn, peeled, burnt, and compressed, the materials are subjected to extreme manual duress in the studio environment, and subsequently in a more strenuous industrial setting. The result is a coherent, albeit minimalist series of works, where shapes, forms, and identities are transformed through reflective interventions in Gupta’s ongoing practice that continually questions materiality.
Sullivan+Strumpf acknowledge the Indigenous People of this land, the traditional custodians on whose Country we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and recognise their continued connection to culture, land, waters and community.