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Archives & Identities: Workshops
Thu 4 Mar, 6pm & Sat 6 Mar, 11am
Past event

A person takes a photo of their shadow on the ground; only the top of their body is visible in shadow

Sunil Gupter, Retracing early 1960s boyhood cruising ground. Delhi 1982. Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All rights reserved, DACS 2021

These practical, online workshops led by Sunil Gupta and Jasleen Kaur are part of New Contemporaries Archives & Identities symposium.

The workshops centre around DIY exercises for participants that address various themes and strategies including: hidden or contested histories; interrogating the authority of archives and what they might hold, hide or neglect; and intersectionality and the archive.

Specific examples of approaches will be considered from the perspective of diverse identity markers, including how the archive can be a tool for research for both curatorial and artistic outputs.


Thursday 4 March, 6pm: Sunil Gupta
Saturday 6 March, 11am: Jasleen Kaur

Workshop tickets have limited availability. Please contact us if you are no longer able to attend.


Archives & Identities is an online symposium of discussions, participatory workshops and screenings accompanying Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 at the South London Gallery. The symposium considers the use of archives in contemporary visual arts practice to explore identities.

Panel discussion

These workshops are preceded by an online panel discussion. Click here to book tickets.

Online screening & artist response

From 22 February – 7 March Kobby Adi (New Contemporaries alumni 2018) screens Rumours of Riots on the New Contemporaries website.

Ufuoma Essi (New Contemporaries 2020) will reflect on the themes of the symposium and the use of archives in her own practice on the New Contemporaries website.


  • The event will be live-captioned.
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  • The workshop will last one hour.
  • Participants can choose whether or not to be visible during the event.

About the facilitators

Sunil Gupta is a Canadian artist, born in New Delhi, who lives in London. Gupta’s work uses independent photography as a critical practice, focusing on race, migration and queer issues.

Jasleen Kaur (b. 1986, Glasgow) is an artist based in London. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. She works with sculpture, video and writing.