Sunil Gupta (CA/UK)

The New Pre-Raphaelites

27 January - 14 April
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Image: Sunil Gupta, Untitled #11 from the series The New Pre-Raphaelites, 2008. Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021.

Nineteenth century English aesthetics meet contemporary Indian queer culture.


27 January - 14 April


Wyndham Art Gallery [i]
177 Watton St, Werribee
Mon – Fri, 9am – 4.30pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 4pm


Queer Futures



Presented in partnership with Autograph London, The New Pre-Raphaelites is a series of thirteen photographs merging Victorian era aesthetics with contemporary Indian queer culture. The series portrays individuals and families affected by Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality. This law, instituted by the British in 1861 and not overturned until 2018, led to the arbitrary arrest and exploitation of LGBTQ+ Indians.

Taking as their starting point the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, a collective of nineteenth century English artists and reformists, these staged photographic works recreate the vivid colours and strong physical presence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, bringing them into the twenty-first century, updated to reflect contemporary queer culture in India.

Also on display at Wyndham Art Gallery, a Project Hub features more work by Sunil Gupta, Karla Dickens and Peter Waples-Crowe.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition Presented by Wyndham City Council

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March