Raqs Media Collective: Still More World
21 March 2019 - 31 July 2019
Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The collective’s artistic practice examines questions of the everyday, alongside philosophical and historical inquiries of the universe. Unravelling structures of economies, time, and language, their work examines the shifting state of contemporary life and boundaries of visibility. This exploration of transformation, is embedded in the process and subject of their work, and in the collective’s name – ‘raqs’ – a term for movement and whirling, in Urdu/Hindustani, Arabic, and Persian.
The exhibition draws on the energy of Doha’s urban landscape of light, which symbolises this global city in continuous movement, its networks of people, and raw materials. Thirteen installations ranging from videos, to textiles and sculptures made between 2011 and 2019 are presented at Mathaf across the city of Doha. A part of the series Dohas for Doha (2019) will be displayed on Burj Doha from March 20 – April 3 2019 to mark the conversation between Raqs and the city.
The works in this exhibition re-examine human progress and natural resources, considering historical and contemporary movements of people and the way terrains change. Still More World offers a rephrasing of the prevailing sensibility, embodying the double bind of humanity’s present condition; the promise and desire for growth coupled with the question of how much more the earth has left to give.
This exhibition is part of Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture.
Curator, Laura Barlow
Assistant Curator, Lina Ramadan
Raqs Media Collective, Alive, with Cerussite and Peppered Moth, 2017. 3D printed PLA plastic, cast polyester resin, plywood and video projections, variable dimensions. Installation view from Raqs Media Collective, Twilight Language, at The Whitworth, University of Manchester, 2017.
Raqs Media Collective, Spinal, 2018. Still from 4K video, 10 min, 24 sec.
Raqs Media Collective, A Planet Turns on its Axis without Permission, 2018. Still from 4K video, 18 min, 6 sec.