"Artists and thinkers have expressed shock at the sudden cancellation of photographer and artist Sunil Gupta’s solo exhibition titled Sun City & Other Stories in the Capital. The exhibition, originally a project commissioned by Centre Pompidou depicting a love affair, was shut down on Saturday, 24 March, just a day after its preview show at Galerie Romain Rolland at Alliance Française.
Photographer Ram Rahman, who was present at the preview, questioned the lack of clarity on the part of Alliance Francaise regarding an event of such momentous significance. “It’s an issue concerning freedom of expression and the French institution has not elaborated on the grounds on which they have stopped the show,” he said.
A statement issued by the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) further pointed out that if well-regarded institutions like Alliance Française wilt under the pressure of a single individual and do not support creative expression, they are not in a position to enjoy the patronage of the art community. In the signed statement artist and activists, Ram Rahman, Geeta Kapur, Vivan Sundaram and Indira Chandrasekhar said they were “shocked to learn that the exhibition of photographs by Sunil Gupta was shut down shortly and they wanted Alliance Française to publicly clarify if they were ordered to shut down the exhibition”...
Photograph by Sunil Gupta, Article by Sushmita Saha on Tehelka.