A panel discussion and gallery walkthrough with artists Thukral and Tagra in conversation with art journalist Deepanjana Pal, on their third solo art show titled ‘Q’, hosted in tandem with Nature Morte. The discussion will examine themes like the Indian diaspora and its desire to “escape” from India, along with the story of one of the many abandoned brides that haunt the state of Punjab.
Thukral and Tagra, alias “T&T”, have been collaborating since 2004 and are now widely recognized in the international contemporary art scene. In 2011, their works were included in the exhibition “Indian Highway IV” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (which travelled to the MAXXI Museum in Rome and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing) as well as “Paris-Delhi-Bombay” at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. They have created installations specifically for the Arken Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark (2012), the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2010); the Asia Pacific Triennale at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2009); and the Art Statements section of Art Basel (2007). Their works have been included in a number of large survey exhibitions of contemporary art from India at institutions such as the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2008), the Essl Museum, Vienna (2009), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2011). Solo shows of their work have been presented at the galleries Nature Morte (in New Delhi, Berlin and Gurgaon), Bose Pacia (New York), Hilger Contemporary (Vienna), Arario (Seoul), Barry Keldoulis (Sydney), Tokyo Gallery (Tokyo) and Chatterjee & Lal (Mumbai). They are currently working on projects with the German porcelain manufacturer Meissen and the Italian fashion house Etro and were artists in residence at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in 2010. The artists live and work in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. For more information or press photographs, please contact Jyotsna Sharma at +91 98993 53746 or Geetika Singh Jamwal at +91 98711 30380. Information and images of the works in the show and the artist's complete CV can be found on our website at www.naturemorte.com at the time of the exhibition.Read more
Deepanjana Pal is a Mumbai-based author and journalist. She’s a senior editor with Firstpost.com and has written about Indian contemporary art for a variety of print and online publications, including Wallpaper*, Caravan, Business Standard, Mint Lounge, Tehelka and ArtSlant. She edited Time Out Mumbai’s Art section for four years, was the Books Editor for the newspaper DNA and has written a book titled The Painter. The Painter is a biography of the 18th-century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma and was critically well-received.Read more