Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance and design. Thukral & Tagra work on new formats of public engagement and attempt to expand the scope of what art can do. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multimodal sensory and immersive environments.
Their earlier work dealt with tropes of migration and motifs of a globally manifested consumer culture. It questioned the provenance of Indian identity and its various articulations. Their recent work has dealt with the interpretation of Indian mythological narratives and symbols in ways that renew and enliven a largely pedantic and static area of cultural material.
From a pop visual character to a predominantly abstract visual approach and compositional philosophy, Thukral & Tagra constantly shift in terms of their grammar and vocabulary. The abstract suggestions of an everyday experience of architecture and urban design in Gurgaon (Haryana, India) and Chandigarh (Punjab, India) is embedded in their visual language. They have offered sociopolitical commentary that is implicit in their aesthetic for the past fifteen
Explores the idea of transposing Indian mythology into a Thai context by rejuvenating narratives and symbols to give an updated dimension to our traditional understanding of cultural matter and living in ethical solidarity.
The exhibition is an extension to the series Play Pray/Set Point. Since 2015 the Artists have explored the idea of “play” from a cultural, strategic and psychological perspective, with the project Play Pray. Since 2017, with the exhibition Set Point, they explore mythology, in particular Indian, with rejuvenating narrative and symbols to give a fresh dimension to the traditional understanding of cultural matter.
This exhibition, their first solo show in Thailand, continues the portrayal of mythological events and mathematical assertions through the vocabulary of sports. It is a musing experience of a conscious being trapped in the perplexity of the set of circumstances keeping Ramakien/Ramayana as a central paradigm.
The being is conditioned to think, the fragments of social construct demands either to speculate or contemplate. The mind of the being is itinerant, weighed by dilemmas, dignity, love, loyalty, devotion and duty. The artwork seeks to make explicit motifs that are implicit in a contemporary realm.
The exhibition includes a set of Prints (silk screen on archival foil print) which represent the foundation of our cultural code and which are at the base of our society, and are Dilemma, Dogma, Law, Tradition, Devotion, Loyalty, Obedience, Intelligence. This work, Mythological Induction is a depiction of the foundation of social construct of society. Every fragment of each lithograph leaves a mark of virtues on cultural ethical code. The venn diagrams shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of different relationships. The insertion of suggestive metaphors re-imagines the informational venn diagrams, transforming the conservative form into a visceral viewing experience. The exhibition includes two paintings. The paintings are a dense mass of battlefields. The being walks the sinuous passage that faces a constant predicament to go either way, he is constantly thrown into the court where it loses the ability to figure what is the surface of the table or the edge of it. But with the contemplated system of thoughts, instincts and consciousness, the ball finds its way through the rational conduct of the society.
It features an installation, a Ping Pong table which is imagined as an arena which mirrors the tangibility of the actions. The humble legs of the table are caught in a fragile act, attempting to support the weight of the rational conduct. Hovering between the push and pull of the forces, the ball is an insignificant speck in the massive arena. Its journey is precarious at any moment it threatens to slip between negatives or the positives.
PLAY PREY POP OUT is a project by [dip] contemporary art, developed in collaboration with Central Embassy, where the exhibition takes place.
Bangkok’s iconic art, fashion and lifestyle destination, is designed to form a part of a larger property with Central Chidlom – adding youthful dynamism and bringing a lifestyle-centric approach to one of Central Group’s most successful retail outlets, under the concept of ‘One Life, Infinite Possibilities’. Offering an unparalleled lifestyle experience that builds upon the group’s peerless retail heritage, Central Embassy continues to serve as a hub for both Thai and international visitors, indulging global shoppers with an inspiring selection of fashion, lifestyle, food, music, art and design.
[dip] is a contemporary art gallery located in Lugano, opened by Michela Negrini. Representing a range of international artists, [dip] aims at being a stimulating platform for exploring new developments in international contemporary art, across a range of practices and media, building a bridge between art and society, raising public attention on the issues that inspire and challenge our society.
The Artists: Thukral & Tagra
Born 1976, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
-1998 BFA, Chandigarh Art College
-2000 MFA, New Delhi College of Art
Born 1979, New Delhi, India
-1999 Shankar’s Academy of Arts, New Delhi
-2002 BFA, New Delhi College of Art
-2006 PG, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
The artists live and work in Gurgaon, Haryana (a suburb of New Delhi).
“They are unlike any artists you may have met in the millennium. Irreverent, humorous and comically dark, their works — paintings, sculptures, installations and a series of ingenious games — are designed to be entertaining but underlined by a social, spiritual or environmental message.
As artists blurring the lines between Fine art, pop culture and product placement, they have faced their fair share of criticism. However, their deeply aesthetic creations, reflecting the concerns of our times and backed by mountains of research, have also found tremendous following. Their work has been auctioned at Sotheby’s with eight figure price tags, been picked up by art collectors like Frank Cohen and pop star Elton John, and also been placed alongside international contemporaries like Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami and American multimedia artist Matthew Barney”. Giorgina Maddox
Over the years they have had notable exhibitions at the sixth edition of the Asia Pacific Triennial, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Arken Museum, Denmark; Kunstmuseum, Bochum; Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, France and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. In 2010 they held a solo show “Match Fixed” at the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing and in 2015 they were invited to mount a solo show Games People Play at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum in Mumbai.
Mythological Inductions (HONOR VS LOVE), 2018
Mythological Inductions (BATTLER VS CAMARADERIE), 2018
Mythological Inductions (DESIRES VS DUTY), 2018
Rama 2, 2018
Rama 3, 2018