Raqs Media Collective
Based in New Delhi, where it was founded in 1992, Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been highly visible on the international art scene for the last decade. They enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They create art, curate exhibitions, edit books, stage events, collaborate with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors, and discover processes that have made deep impact on contemporary culture in India. Raqs follows its self-declared imperative of 'kinetic contemplation' to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures.
Raqs have exhibited their works in Art Unlimited, Basel 2012, Frieze, London, Art Dubai, Documenta 11, Kassel and the Biennales of Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Sydney and Sao Paulo, amongst others. Their work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Britain (London), Art Unlimited (Basel), Mori Museum (Tokyo), SALT (Istanbul) and at the Hayward and Serpentine Galleries (London), as well as recently at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, amongst many other international institutions.
Raqs curated "The Rest of Now" for the 7th edition of Manifesta: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art and "Steps Away from Oblivion" for the international roving exhibition "Indian Highway" initiated by The Serpentine Gallery, London, both in2008. "Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition," a curatorial process initiated by Raqs was held at the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon (until April 15, 2013). INSERT 2014 had Raqs Media Collective as its artistic directors. They are the chief curators of the 2016 Shanghai Biennale.
In 2000, Raqs co-founded the Sarai Program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. They are part of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader Series.