Contemporary art

998.9 – Shilpa Gupta

Venice, 2015

998.9 addresses the now more than 3.400 kilometer-long barbed wire fenced border between India and Bangladesh. Stretching from Sunderbans to Teen Math, this fence attempts to shield India from terrorism and smuggling, but also creates a potentially lethal boundary for the population in the wetlands of the Bengal delta who live in a volatile environment that is subject to the effects of climate change.

To lend a voice to this little known border conflict, Shilpa Gupta created 998.9 which consists of 3.394 meters of Kvadrat-sponsored hand-woven cloth by the people of Phulia.

The piece was revealed in 2015 during la Biennale di Venezia as part of the exhibition My East is Your West presented by the Gujral Foundation.

In 2016 Kvadrat will donate 998.9 to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

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