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Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective, Delhi. Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They create installations, make videos, photographs, print and online works, play with archival traces, make exhibitions and art interventions in public spaces, write essays, enact lecture-performances, engage with pedagogical procedures, edit books, design events, and foster collaborations. They have worked with architects, scholars, coders, writers, designers, translators, performers, artists, curators and theatre directors, and founded processes that have become an influential force in contemporary intellectual and cultural life. Raqs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales. They have had solo shows in museums, and educational and independent art spaces, in Boston, Brussels, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, London, New York, Toronto, among others. Works by Raqs are part of several contemporary art collections and museums, and their essays have been published in numerous anthologies. Raqs curated Rest of Now, Manifesta 7 (Bolzano, 2008), Sarai Reader 09 (Gurgaon, 2012-13) and INSERT2014 (Delhi, 2014). In 2000, Raqs co-founded the Sarai initiative at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, and the Sarai Reader Series, which they edited till 2013. They have been invited to teach in many institutions and self-organised initiatives. Raqs received the Multitude Art Prize in 2013. Sengupta is the current (2015-2016) Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism with the Center for Curatorial Studies (Hessel Museum of Art) and the Human Rights Program at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY.
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Shuddhabrata Sengupta of the Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi will present on Raqs’ recent curatorial projects.read more »