Raqs Media Collective and Tess Maunder
25 June 2019
Join one of the founding members of Raqs Media Collective, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, in conversation with independent curator and writer Tess Maunder. Sengupta and Maunder will discuss how the collective operates as artist-curators, the group’s approach to managing biennales and artist-run spaces, and their role as critical voices in the global south.
Founded in New Delhi in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, the collective has since become a leading critical voice in the art world. They operate as theorists, curators, artists, film-makers, educators, and everything in between. The group has exhibited at extensively at biennales and have presented a number of large-scale curatorial projects including Why Not Ask Again?, the 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016-17).
Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist, writer and curator who has been working with the Raqs Media Collective since it was founded, in 1992 in New Delhi, India (by Sengupta, together with Monica Narula and Jeebesh Bagchi.) Raqs Media Collective are the artistic directors of the forthcoming Yokohama Triennale 2020.
Tess Maunder is a Brisbane-based independent curator and writer. She was curatorial colligate of the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again? led by Chief Curators Raqs Media Collective at the Powerstation of Art, Shanghai (2016-2017). Closer to home, she recently curated HEAT POLITICS with Lantian Xie and Map Office at Boxcopy in late 2018. Maunder was the 2017 Mittelheuser scholar in residence at the State Library of Queensland, and in 2018 publication called Absolute Humidity, published by Hardworking Goodlooking (Manila/New York), supported by Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts. Maunder is currently a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology and a consultant for Brisbane City Council, The Third Quarter, Brisbane and Creative Time, New York. She writes regularly for publications, academic journals, and catalogues.