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3 July - 11 October 2020
Artistic Director: RaqsMedia Collective
Organizers: City of Yokohama, Yokohama Arts Foundation, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), The Asahi Shimbun, and Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
In November 2018, the Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale has announce the appointment of RaqsMedia Collective as the Artistic Director of Yokohama Triennale 2020.
Since its inauguration in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale has strived to be a leading force in the Japanese contemporary art scene. Ahead of its 20th anniversary, the triennale seeks to reassess and shift its position by joining forces with RaqsMedia Collective, a New Delhi-based collective consisting of Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.
Selected on the basis of its highly intellectual and polemical approach, the collective is notable for its originality and inquisitive attitude. Active as artists, curators, and producers, the group is versatile and collaborative, working frequently with architects, computer programmers, writers, curators, and theater directors. Among the major biennales and exhibitions they have curated are the Shanghai Biennale “Why Not Ask Again” (2016) and most recently “In the Open or in Stealth” (2018) at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
In the 19th century, Yokohama became one of the first Japanese ports to open to the outside world after a period of nearly 200 years of national isolation. Since that time, the city has remained open to untested ideas and unfamiliar knowledge. Acutely aware of local issues, RaqsMedia Collective will function as creative agents, finding “polyglot anchors that translate and poetically amplify” the triennale’sconcerns, including subjects with specific global and social implications.
(From press information
© Photo: TANAKA Yuichiro. Courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale)
Raqs Media Collective was formed in in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The word ‘raqs’ in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, being in a state of revolution. Raqs Media Collective takes this sense of ‘kinetic contemplation’ so as to make a restless and energetic entanglement with the world, and with time. Raqs practices across several forms and media; it makes art, produces performances, writes, curates exhibitions, and occupies a unique position at the intersection of contemporary art, philosophical speculation, and historical enquiry. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in New Delhi, India. In 2001, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) New Delhi and ran it for a decade, where they also edited the Sarai Reader series.
RaqsMedia Collective official website:
Press release from 29 November 2018, incl. exhibitions of RaqsMedia Collective, and a statement by Asada Akira, Chairperson of the Artistic Director Selection Committee for the 7th Yokohama Triennale: Selecting an Artistic Director
Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale Office
c/o Yokohama Museum of Art 3-4-1
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