Thukral and Tagra

Thukral and Tagra

Jiten Thukral
Born 1976, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
_1998 BFA, Chandigarh Art College
_2000 MFA, New Delhi College of Art

Sumir Tagra
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

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, further emphasizing what the practice can do in a virtual context through their archives and publications. They break out of the mediated-disciplinary world, create multi-modal sensory, and storytelling in immersive environments. Their earlier work dealt with tropes of migration, mythological narratives, symbols of Indian identity, and motifs of a globally manifested consumer culture that 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. They have offered sociopolitical commentary that is implicit in their aesthetic for the past eighteen years. Recently, they seek to identify the practice as pedagogy through their collaborative Pollinator.io – Interdisciplinary lab, which cultivates an inclusive learning ecosystem that indexes to achieve knowledge sharing through cross-pollination. Thukral & Tagra’s works have been widely exhibited worldwide including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland; Kennedy Center, Washington DC; SESC Pompie, Sao Paulo; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Thukral & Tagra’s solo exhibitions include Hilger Contemporary, Vienna; Bose Pacia, New York City; BTAP Gallery, Tokyo, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore;  Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore; and most recently at Bau Daji Lad Museum, Bombay. In 2007, Nature Morte and Bose Pacia presented their solo installation entitled “Adolescere-Domus” in the Art Statements section of Art Basel. They were included in a large exhibition of contemporary art from India at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, which travelled to the Essl Museum in Vienna in 2008. The duo was also represented at the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale and the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. In 2011, they were part of the touring exhibition “Indian Highway IV” at the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art in France. The artists currently live and work in New Delhi, India.