Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.The word ‘raqs’ in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, being in a state of revolution.Raqs Media Collective takes this sense of ‘kinetic contemplation’ so as to make a restless and energetic entanglement with the world,and with time.Raqs practices across several forms and media; it makes art, produces performances, writes, curates exhibitions, and occupies a unique position at the intersection of contemporary art, philosophical speculation, and historical enquiry. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in New Delhi, India. In 2001, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) New Delhi and ran it for a decade, where they also edited the Sarai Reader series.
Exhibitions curated by Raqs Media Collective
“In the Open or in Stealth - The Unruly Presence of an Intimate Future” (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona [MACBA], Barcelona, Spain, 2018－19)
11th Shanghai Biennale “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories” (2016－17)
Manifesta 7 “The Rest of Now” (Bolzano, Italy, 2008)
“Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease” (Firstsite, Colchester, UK, 2018－19)
“Raqs Media Collective” (K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2018)
“Raqs Media Collective: Twilight Language” (The Whitworth, Manchester, UK, 2017－18)
Sharjah (11th, 2013 / 13th, 2017), Venice (50th, 2003 / 51st, 2005 / 56th, 2015), São Paulo (29th, 2010), Shanghai (8th, 2010-11), Istanbul (10th, 2007), Sydney (15th, 2006), Taipei (2004-05), Documenta 11 (2002)
Group Exhibitions in Japan
Setouchi Triennale 2019 (Honjima,Kagawa Prefecture, 2019)SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale (Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017)
Click here to read comments from Akira Asada, Chairman of the Artistic Director Selection Committee for the 7thYokohamaTriennale.
Raqs Media Collective (from left: Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta)
Photo: TANAKA Yuichiro