Raqs Media Collective, frequenters of the world’s major institutions, are equally adept artists, curators, editors, and researchers.
Academic in their processes, the artists co-founded the Sarai Programme and Sarai Reader Series in 2000 at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. Working with researchers from the program, they have built an interdisciplinary practice spanning media, film, sculpture, books, photography, and lecture performances entrenched in philosophy, the re-examination of history, and their ongoing scrutiny of received systems of knowledge. Their work often addresses discrepancies in systems of power and truths, offering subtle revisions and new questions. Insatiably inquisitive, their art direction of the 2020 Yokohama Triennale promises to unearth a whole new perspective on local and global concerns.
Winner of the Frieze Artist Award at Frieze London in 2019, Himali Singh Soin has risen to prominence for her evocative practice, which combines performance, text, and film. At the core of her practice is the natural world and ecology, often used as metaphors to reflect on the foibles of human intervention and interaction with the environment.
Her films and performance works have their origins in research. Her ongoing series “We Are Opposite Like That” (2017–present) builds a historical narrative for the most remote areas of the Arctic and Antarctic circles, told from the perspective of its ice. The ice recounts tales of the area’s “discovery” at the hands of European colonialism, integrated with references to conspiracy theories, animation, and UFO sightings spliced with archival material. She is currently a writer in residence at Whitechapel Gallery in London.