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The French Connection

Delhi-based artist and photographer Sunil Gupta’s body of work called “Sun City” — which is inspired by French film La Jetee — is the latest entrant to the ongoing Francophonie Week at Alliance Francaise de Delhi.

Delhi-based artist and photographer Sunil Gupta’s body of work called “Sun City” — which is inspired by French film La Jetee — is the latest entrant to the ongoing Francophonie Week at Alliance Francaise de Delhi. The 25 works displayed in the form of an exhibition called “Sun City and Other Stories”,include 16 works from “Sun City”,which is a pictorial narrative that takes off from the nuclear apocalypse scenario of the original film,replacing it by the real and ongoing “holocaust” of HIV/AIDS. The work was commissioned in 2010 by Centre Pompidou in Paris and was on display there last year as a part of Franco-Indian collaboration called ‘Paris-Delhi-Bombay’. “It is due to this French connection that I decided to bring this body of work to this event,” says Gupta,adding,“There are three stories though. Apart from these 16 works,I have brought selected works from “Mr Malhotra’s Party” (2007) and “Heaven in Earth” — a series about Japan.”

“Mr Malhotra’s Party” is a series of portraits of,what he calls,“real people” in Delhi who identify themselves as “queer”. The whole series of 25 works on display,however,conveys a unifying theme. “It depicts three different ways to look at the idea of narrative stories,” concludes Gupta.

The exhibition is on from March 24 to April 15 at Galerie Romain Rolland,Alliance Française de Delhi