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About
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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. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multi-modal sensory and immersive environments.

Their earlier work dealt with tropes of migration and motifs of a globally manifested consumer culture. It questioned the prove- nance of Indian identity and its various articulations. Their recent work has dealt with the interpretation of Indian mythological narratives and symbols in ways that renew and enliven a largely pedantic and static area of cultural material.

From a pop visual character to a pre-dominantly abstract visual approach and compositional philosophy, Thukral & Tagra constantly shift in terms of their grammar and vocabulary. The abstract suggestions of an everyday experience of architecture and urban design in Gurgaon (Haryana, India) and Chandigarh (Punjab, India) is embedded in their visual language. They have offered sociopolitical commentary that is implicit in their aesthetic for the past fifteen years.

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