The Artist, the Curator & the Educator: A Conversation with Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective


Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM


CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011


MA Curatorial Practice, MFA Art Practice, and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media present Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective, based in New Delhi, India. Sengupta will discuss of the role of the artist, curator, and educator in the collective’s work. 

Raqs was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Sengupta. The collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. Their works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; the Walker Art Center; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Raqs has been included in many international exhibitions, such as Manifesta, Documenta, and the Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Taipei, Sydney, and Venice Biennials. Works by Raqs are part of several contemporary art collections and museums, and their books include Seepage, Sarai Readers, The Rest of Now (Manifesta 7 Guide), and Double Take: Looking at the Documentary. Other texts by Raqs have been published in numerous international anthologies.

Sengupta will present research from the essays “To Culture: Curation as an Active Verb” and “How to be an Artist by Night,” as well as recent highlights from his Curatorial Perspective talk with Independent Curators International (ICI). There will be a question & answer segment to follow his presentation.