Combining art, curating and theory through the Raqs Media Collective\n
Joining the trend for artists curating biennials are Raqs Media Collective (‘raqs’ being the term for the state that whirling dervishes enter into), the collaborative artistic practice formed by Bagchi, Narula and Sengupta in 1992, who in November open their edition of the 11th Shanghai Biennale. The New Delhi-based trio have titled it Why Not Ask Again? Manoeuvres, Disputations and Stories. While they have curated previously (including Manifesta 7 in 2008), they’re just as likely to pull on their copious experience as regular exhibitors on the biennial circuit, not least this year, with work appearing at the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 20th Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala. That, plus their continuing involvement in Sarai, the urbanism research platform that the trio cofounded in 2000 at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. Dervishes indeed.