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Critical Practice

Kaushikee Gupta

b.1997, India

Based in London and Delhi.

Exhibitions:

>arcmagazine.org (online) [2020]

>302Redirect (online) [2020]

 -thisistomorrow.info (Live performance)

 -ICA Daily feature 

 -@low_res_camera_roll (Instagram residency)

>Malefesance, Ugly Duck [2020]

>Potluck, Dyson Gallery [2020]

>As Ann M. Hue reminisces about the play “the smartphone was invented before the candle”, Dyson Gallery [2020]

>ACROSS RCA - ISH (Zine publication workshop-exhibition concentrating on colour and writing) [2019]

>Capped Out, Old Biscuit Factory [2019]

>Intimately Familiar, Cobham Hall [2019]

>NTS-Radio (Critical Practice) [2019]

>CVAN Platform Exhibition, Turner Contemporary [2018]

>Mr. Sandman, CRATE [2018]

>DOMINO, CRATE [2018]

>The Gaze, Satellite-Whitstable Biennale [2018]

>[Insert Title Here], UCA Degree Show [2018]

>MEZE, Cyprus College of Art (ERASMUS Residency) [2017]

>Taking a Line for a Walk, Marcell Gallery [2017]

>Luminosity, The Brewery Tap Folkestone [2017]

Awards

CRATE Graduate Award

PEATS Grampus Heritage ERASMUS Scholarship

Contact

INSTAGRAM

PORTFOLIO PDF

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Critical Practice

Dear reader,

I hope the following voice will give you a sense of my concerns.

The exact smell and taste of home which I very well know is slipping away from memory; and this inability to recreate it. Cardamoms which aren’t the exact shade of green, my eyes recognise. Saffron-always either too much or too little. Never quite right. Burnt taste of the supposedly lukewarm milk. The hunt of things that were once familiar - that keeps changing as we migrate/move/leave.

Draping, pleating, stirring, folding, packing narratives that end as abruptly as it begins while still adapting in every new city. Navigating space and the notion of home through plates of food and the secrets of the spice box.

Texts becoming more than documents and files in folders in my Drives. Not letting myself and the audience get intimidated by them. Engaging and conversing and finding the most appropriate means to translate the texts out of my laptop. How to get intimate with them and the variations with which it is encountered?

Fleshing out language and structure; the need for voice and why my voice; the choices regarding performance and performers. To dig a bit deeper into how the dynamic changes or alters from the text in print and via live narrations. Along with the not so subtle differences in moving houses and leaving home.

The need for “liveness.” The value of the text - the listener/audience/witness - the narrator (witnessing the witness?)

Always questioning authenticity (in) and theatre and performance. The need and absurdity of my presence when the setting and the frame changes. (encountering it live and through the screen)

A constant and persistent query of being a writer, a performer, and/or a storyteller?

-Kaushikee Gupta

 [an Artist nonetheless]

LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCE via TWITCH — The Performance will be live-streamed here through Twitch on the dates and times stated below. The performance lasts about 20 minutes. (PLEASE NOTE - 16th, 25th and 31st of July: live streamed on the CAP programme page)
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
16th JULY - 12 noon and 07:00 pm [CAP page]
19th JULY - 12 noon
22nd JULY - 07:00 pm
25th JULY - 12 noon [CAP page]
28th JULY - 07:00 pm
31st JULY - 12 noon [CAP PAGE]

It is a tale of moving houses and leaving home with the box full of secrets. A tale of the angry hissing sound of the oil; the clanking bangles against the stainless steel spice box, and the memories and complex emotions and the politics that it brings with itself.
The backdrop of a household act as mundane as folding the sarees and pleating the edges along with the narrative of home - space - and the slippage of what was once familiar - that changes when we move houses or leave home.

The Performance will be live-streamed through Twitch on the dates and times stated in the image. The performance lasts about 20 minutes and enacts the mundane and narrates tales of home, cities, untangible sense of taste, and smell as a way to fold and pleat memories to archive space. Come! Listen.

Medium:

Text - Voice - Story - Spices - Suitcase - Performance

Size:

20 minutes (approx)
ArchiveFoldingfoodHomeIndian-SpicesMemoryMigrationNarration / StorytellingRecipeSlippageSpaceTexture
REMNANTS OF A ROOM - a recipe book — To grab a hand-bound, tea-stained rendition of the Recipe Book- Contact the artist.
A Recipe Book which talks through a few delicacies of home and maybe gets a bit too stuck in the ingredients, spices, and the process. A desperate effort to hold on to the taste and the smell which is never quite exactly what it was. Navigating space and the notion of home through unraveling the secrets of the spice box and mapping a plate of food. Let's unpack the Spice Box.

Medium:

Text-Images- recipe- stories

Size:

14 pages
AT A DIFFERENT TIME IN A DIFFERENT CITY — -A narrative to take you through cityscapes and lost spaces, and memories of home. Plugin your headphones and take a walk with me.
A walk along Tour Guide Recording crossing over different cities at different times for anyone to follow from anywhere. A sense of how the home is not always a physical space - it is a mental space. It lives in you as much as you live in it. A narrative to take you through cityscapes and lost spaces, and memories of home. Plugin your headphones and take a walk across your own city or town or village or room or across your own memories and between fiction and non-fiction and the politics of space. Come, take a walk with me.

Medium:

Text - Voice - Story - Guide / Directions Narration

Size:

14 minutes 54 seconds
16 July 2020
11:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice: Kaushikee Gupta – Packing the Spice Box

A performance
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26 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

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With Sonia Bernaciak and Lawrence Lek
22 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice Talk: Chapter 1 – Empathy and Care as a Form of Resistance

with Jennifer Martin and Beverley Bennett – REPLAY
30 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice Talk: Chapter 3 – Archiving as a Form of Resistance

with Bisan Abu Eisheh and Michael Rakowitz
27 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Past/Future as a form of Resistance

Organised by Peter Spanjer with Sonya Dyer, Tanoa Sasraku & Alexandria Smith, Students Questions
27 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice Talk: Chapter 2 – Fictioning as a Form of Resistance

with Sonia Bernaciak and Lawrence Lek
21 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice Talk: Chapter 1 – Empathy and Care as a Form of Resistance

with Jennifer Martin and Beverley Bennett
31 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

Contemporary Art Practice Talk: Archiving as a Form of Resistance

with Bisan Abu Eisheh and Michael Rakowitz

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