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About

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.

Residencies
– STPI – 2009
– Edition Copenhagen – 2012
– Meissen Porcelain – 2012-16
– ccSPORTcamp, Progr – Bern – 2018

Projects/Commissions/Collaborations
– Pepsi International Limited Edition – 2008
– Persol Luxotica – 2009
– Condé Nast – 2007-2015
– ETRO – 2012-13
– Absolut – 2013
– GloBo Ceramics 2014
– Driade – 2016
– David Adjaye Team – 2016
– Design Days Dubai – 2016
– Mario Testino – 2017
– Dharamsala Film Festival – 2018
– JCB Literature Prize – 2018