998.9 by Shilpa Gupta

Venice, 2015

The work 998.9 by artist Shilpa Gupta addresses the more than 3,400 kilometer-long barbed wire border between India and Bangladesh. This fence attempts to shield India from terrorism and smuggling, but also creates a potentially lethal boundary for the population of a volatile environment. 

To draw attention to this little known border conflict, Gupta created 998.9, which consists of 3,394 meters of Kvadrat-sponsored hand-woven cloth by the people of Phulia. The piece was shown during the Venice International Art Biennale 2015 as part of the exhibition My East is Your West, presented by the Gujral Foundation.

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