Raqs Media Collective

Raqs Media Collective

 © The Promised City, photo: Martin Wälde


Raqs is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu
and means the state that “whirling dervishes”
enter into when they whirl.
Raqs signifies and embodies the practice of
a kinetic contemplation of the world.
It is also a word used for dance.

Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been described as a collective of artists, media practitioners, curators, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in major international spaces and events, locates them at the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory – often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters.

They live and work in Delhi, based at Sarai, which is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, an initiative they co-founded in 2000. They are members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series, and have curated “The Rest of Now” and co-curated “Scenarios” for Manifesta 7 (2008).

Solo shows include at the Lightbox, Tate Britain (London, 2009), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2009), Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels, 2004), Frith Street Gallery (London, 2009), Museum for Communication (Frankfurt, 2006) and the Kunstlerhaus (Stuttgart, 2005), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, 2010), York University Galleries (Toronto, 2011). Group shows include at the Serpentine Gallery (London), Mori Museum (Tokyo), MuHKA (Antwerp), Kunstmuseum (Berne), Thyssen Bornemisza Art 21 (Vienna), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), Museum for Communication (Frankfurt), Aicon Gallery (London), Fondazione Sandretto (Turin), Bose Pacia Gallery (New York), PM House Museum & Gallery (London), Kunstlerhaus (Stuttgart), the Taipei [2004], Liverpool [2004], Ogaki [2006] and Venice [2003 + 2005] Biennales, Documenta 11 (Kassel), Itau Cultural (Sao Paulo), Generali Foundation Gallery (Vienna), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Roomade Office for Contemporary Art (Brussels).

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