This was the landscape that my HIV virus was travelling in. I’ve often read about it as clinical history, its much-contested origins, its transmission, and the fear it aroused – being both invisible and lethal. However, it was either visualised clinically, as an image of a virus, or in terms of the devastating physical effects it has on people. HIV has a look. But I wanted to make benign pictures of landscapes through which a terrifying virus was spreading. As a carrier, my presence in the landscape is ambivalent.
Sunil Gupta is an artist, writer, activist and curator. He teaches photography at UCA, Farnham and RCA, London. He is currently Lead Curator of the 2018 Fotofest Biennial in Houston, Texas.