Combining art, curating and theory through the Raqs Media Collective
‘The distant future can seem more familiar than the deep present,’ the trio behind Raqs Media Collective wrote in their curatorial blurb to last year’s In the Open or in Stealth. This show at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona featured work by artists including Rosa Barba, Charles Lim and Tito Zungu in the kind of collision and collusion that is the collective’s trademark. The multilayered present, and how narratives overlap and conjoin, has been driving Raqs’s work since its formation in 1992. Having appeared in over 20 biennials and festivals, the trio have recently moved into curating: the Shanghai Biennale in 2016, and, it was announced in late 2018, the Yokohama Triennial in 2020. Which hasn’t stopped them from making their own work: this year featured a museum solo show at Mathaf in Doha and an outing at Frith Street in London.