Raqs Media Collective
Location: New Delhi, India
Education: Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Jeebesh Bagchi formed Raqs Media Collective in 1992, after they passed out of the AJK Mass Communication and Research Center, Jamia Milia University, Delhi.
Focus Areas: Their practice encompasses several forms and media. The collective makes art, produces performances, writes, curates exhibitions, and occupies a unique position at the intersection of contemporary art, philosophical speculation and historical enquiry.
Artistic Concerns: Raqs Media Collective follows its self-declared imperative of ‘kinetic contemplation’ to produce a trajectory that is restless in its forms and exacting in its procedures. Raqs articulates an intimately lived relationship with time in all its tenses through anticipation, conjecture, entanglement and excavation. Conjuring figures of cognitive and sensory acuteness, Raqs’ work reconfigures perceptional fields and demands that everyone looks at what they take for granted, anew.
Professional Highlights: Awarded the Multitude Art Prize, 2013. Co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS New Delhi in 2001. Exhibited at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales. Recent solo exhibitions include – Pamphilos, Fast Forward Festival 6, Athens (2019); Still More World, Mathaf Museum of Art, Doha (2019), Everything Else is Ordinary, K21 Museum for 21st Century Art, Dusseldorf (2018), Twilight Language, Manchester Art Gallery (2017-2018); If It’s Possible, It’s Possible, MUAC, Mexico City (2015) and Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires (2016), Untimely Calendar, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi (2014-2015). Exhibitions curated by Raqs include In the Open or in Stealth (MACBA, Barcelona 2018 – 2019); Why Not Ask Again (Shanghai Biennale 2016-2017); INSERT2014 (New Delhi, 2014), The Rest of Now & Scenarios (Manifesta 7, Bolzano, 2008). Raqs are Artistic Directors of the “Afterglow”, Yokohama Triennale (2020).