About Me
Hi, I am Devadeep Gupta
My artistic practices come into play as an exploration of perspectives with an emphasis on absurdities of the everyday reality of my subjects. The focus is placed on long-term artistic research that tries to seek a balance between the people and the landscape. The form of my actions tries to expand, and at the same time contest the widespread blanket understandings associated with the current state of certain social aspects, the outtakes of which are shared through the mediums of installations, photographs, and videos.
Flood Walls
As monsoons urge on the raging waters of the river, lands of the river banks fall unceasingly. The high, concrete walls defy the water. However, the villages witness the wrath as lands are engulfed to the unsated watery hunger. “We have to build a wall too.” “Yes, we do.” “Like the ones in the city. They protect the shops and the cycles, the poles and the dogs.” “We will make a wall too.” “Yes, we do.” The surrounding shapes of the land added to the inspiration, reflecting themselves in the form and material of the intervention. The absurdity of a grass wall used to stop a relentless force of nature expands upon the complex relationship of the community with the river, and their risky existence along its banks. The work contextualizes the irony of the river appearing as a threat to riverine communities, and at the same time, facilitating these literal straws of grass, upon which the villagers of Baladmari Char hang on during days of peril. The site for wall-making becomes a point of gathering and exchange through dialogue and extends itself as a symbolic statement in the context of the social and cultural history of Baladmari. Undoubtedly, most of the wall is washed away within few hours. A section that remains is morphed into a temporal exhibition space of photographs made around the site during the process of wall-making. The re-activation of the space is intended to generate an impression of the action that outlasts its temporary being.

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Kankana says,
Very thoughtful
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