Raqs Media Collective
Guest Artists 2019
Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Jeebesh Bagchi formed Raqs Media Collective in 1992 in Delhi. 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.
Raqs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales. Recent solo exhibitions (and projects) include – Pamphilos at Fast Forward Festival 6, Athens (2019); Still More World at Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2019); Twilight Language at Manchester Art Gallery (2017-2018); Everything Else is Ordinary at K21 Museum for 21st Century Art, Dusseldorf (2018); among others. Exhibitions curated by Raqs include In The Open or in Stealth (MACBA, Barcelona 2018 – 2019), among others. They are the artistic directors of the forthcoming Yokohama Triennale (2020).
In 2019, Raqs Media Collective visited CERN as part of the Guest Artist programme. Their work has increasingly found itself entangled with new thinking about materials, energy and the fundamental physical realities of the universe, particularly in how materials like Iron are traces of the stars in our blood and in the earth. During his visit, they conversed with scientists and engineers at the lab, and visited experiments at the Large Hadron Collider and sites around CERN, understanding this scientific environment in its vast scope and diversity. The Guest Artist visit of Raqs Media Collective was organised in collaboration with Utopiana in the framework of 1000 Ecologies.