Aayushi Gupta

  • 2020
  • Art
  • Photography - BA (Hons)

Aayushi Gupta: Performing the Passport Photo

Aayushi Gupta
Performing the Passport Photo

What do you want people to know about your graduation project?

Most importantly I would like people to know that we need to be wary of the technologies that we heavily rely on. Although these technologies promise efficiency, security, and new assets, we need to be aware of their weaknesses. Unlike Pygmalion, who fell in love with a statue he had carved, we must be cautious and remember that technology is a man-made creation, and - like mankind - prone to mistakes.

What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?

Although my work has been a process of self-exploration, confession, and confrontation of my discomfort with the bureaucracy associated with travel, immigration, and identity protocol, I have sought inspiration in the experiences of all those who find themselves as frustrated as I do. Most, as I have, participate in this bureaucracy without expressing their discomfort in order that they can freely travel or study; in order that their dreams have no limits, borders, or boundaries. For this reason, I think that exploring my discomfort and frustration with immigration bureaucracy was an important – though difficult – step so that others too can find the confidence to express, explore, and share their concerns.

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Aayushi Gupta
Performing the Passport Photo
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Aayushi Gupta
Performing the Passport Photo

What has been your favourite thing about ECA? And Edinburgh?

My favourite thing about ECA would be its technicians. Over the course of my degree, I developed strong familial bonds with the technicians in most workshops and facilities that I used. My never-ending questions, confusions, and overly ambitious ideas were always welcomed with a warm smile. I never felt that there was anything that I couldn’t make, and with their skills and smiles the technicians at ECA have always made me feel that anything indeed is achievable. All of you will be greatly missed, I have made some of my best memories with you! Favourite thing about Edinburgh? I really wouldn’t know where to begin!

What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?  

At the moment, the world and a lot of our futures are in a constant state of flux, therefore I cannot say exactly what my plans for the future are. But, if time allows, I hope to pursue postgraduate study.

Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here, perhaps relating to the things you’ve learned?

Having completed my studies and learnt so much from my teachers, peers, and staff I find that I have developed a more nuanced outlook on life, culture, and art. I have learnt to draw my own horizons and consider the advice, experience, and talent of all those around me.


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