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The Whitworth, Manchester
30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018
The Necessity of Infinity: Saturday 30 September, 3.45pm-4.45pm
Meerut Redux: Sunday 1 October, 1pm-1.15pm
In their first major UK exhibition, Raqs Media Collective unravel worlds, make questions, haunt memorials, and follow the tangled threads of how histories and ways of thinking about emancipation intersect.
Collecting Europe Artist Commissions: The Return of Tipu’s Tiger
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Lunchroom, Learning Centre)
Performances: 1 February, 4pm & 3 February, 7:30pm
Raqs Media Collective are participating in Collecting Europe Artist Commissions at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Their project, entitled ‘The Return of Tipu’s Tiger’, takes one of the V&A’s most popular objects and considers how visitors might react to it in the future. An 18th-century automaton from South India, Tipu’s Tiger reminds us of the ongoing battle between defeat and victory, man and nature, history and mystery.
Frith Street Gallery is delighted to announce that Raqs Media Collective have been shortlisted for the prestigious Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. In their proposed work ‘The Emperor’s Old Clothes,’ the artists invoke a statue, a stony relic of the British Empire, only to take away the body of power from this figure, leaving just an empty robe as a reminder.
A maquette will be presented in the Annenberg Court at the National Gallery from 19 January until 26 March 2017.
THICKET with Raqs Media Collective
14 – 18 December 2016
Tate Exchange (Switch House, Level 5), Tate Modern, London
Raqs Media Collective will transform the floor of Tate Exchange into a thicket; a forest of lines and connections that grow over time. This interactive work will foster an accumulation of readings that will occupy space, time, and attention through a participatory installation. Thicket will be realized through three actions, titled “Anybody, Everybody, Make a Mark”, “The Unbroken Reading” and “Memorophilia”.
Events are free but require booking through the Tate Modern website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/workshop/tate-exchange/thicket
“Why Not Ask Again? – Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories”
11th Shanghai Biennale
11 November 2016 — 14 March 2017
Raqs Media Collective are Chief Curators of the 11th Shanghai Biennale, which opens to the public on Saturday 12 November. The show’s title – “Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories” – is inspired by filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s film Arguments, Counter-Arguments & Stories (1974), and will feature over 90 artists.
The biennale’s main venue, opened in 2012, is in a former power plant. The rest of the show will take place in various locations throughout the city, including the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, the Good Choice Bakery, and Shanghai Concert Hall Square, among others.
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