The Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi (*1965), Monica Narula (*1969) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (*1968).
Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles: often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art, have made films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes that have left deep impacts 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 remains closely involved with the Sarai program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (www.sarai.net), an initiative they co-founded in 2000. Their projects include: The Great Bare Mat and Constellation, Isabella Gardner Museum, Boston, MA/USA (2012), An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale, Photographers’ Gallery, London/UK (2012), Reading Light, PCF Building, Festival d’Automne, Paris/France (2011), Surjection, Art Gallery York University, Toronto/Canada (2011), and The Capital of Accumulation, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw/Poland (2010).