The New Social Environment#934

Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites

Featuring Gupta and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Teline Trần


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Sunil Gupta joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Teline Trần..

In this talk

Visit Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites, on view at Hales Gallery, New York through November 18, 2023 →

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta in his London Studio. 2 March 2020.
Courtesy the artist and Hales, London and New York. Photo by James Proctor.
Over a career spanning more than four decades, Sunil Gupta has maintained a visionary approach to photography, producing a body of work that has pioneered a unique social and political commentary. The artist’s diasporic experience of multiple cultures informs a practice dedicated to themes of race, migration and queer identity. His work is in many public collections, including Museum of Modern Art, NY; Tate, UK; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, among others. In 1989, Gupta co-founded Autograph – the Association of Black Photographers, and a few years later he participated in the birth of the Organization for Visual Arts (OVA), aimed to promote a better understanding of culturally diverse visual arts practices.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Teline Trần reading.

Teline Trần

Photo of Teline Trần
Teline Trần is a writer from Orange, California or Gabrieleño/Tongva land. They write about home and interstitial faith via several mediums such as fiction, poetry, film, and ultimately the browser. Teline works as the Membership and Community Engagement Coordinator at Wendy’s Subway, a reading room, writing space, and independent publisher in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they were a Fellow in 2020. They also work as the Development Coordinator at Mekong NYC, a Southeast Asian grassroots organization in the Bronx. Their work appears in No, Dear Magazine, MONO NO AWARE, The Poetry Project, diaCRITICS, and elsewhere. Teline’s first poetry chapbook is Ad-Học (2023).

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