THUKRAL & TAGRA
Born 1976, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Education:1998 BFA, Chandigarh Art College
2000 MFA, New Delhi College of Art
Born 1979, New Delhi, India
Education: 1999 Shankar’s Academy of Arts, New Delhi
2002 BFA, New Delhi College of Art
The artists live and work in Gurgaon, Haryana (a suburb of New Delhi).
Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, Installation, Game Theory and design.
Thukral & Tagra blur the lines between Fine Art and Popular Culture, product placement and exhibition design, artistic inspiration and media hype. Their works comment on the globalization of consumer culture and the repercussions of this as it is being experienced in India today. While both playful and humorous, their works express thoughtful questions about the nature of Indian identity as it is articulated by Indians themselves and projected on to India by the rest of the world.
Thukral & Tagra have worked together since 2003 and have held solo exhibitions of their works at Nature Morte in New Delhi (2005, 2007, 2011), Nature Morte in Berlin (2009, 2012), Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai (2008), Bose Pacia, New York (2007), Arario Gallery, Seoul (2010), the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (2010), and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2010). In 2007, Nature Morte presented their solo installation entitled” Adolescere-Domus” in the Art Statements section of Art Basel. Their works have been included in group exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Essl Museum in Vienna, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, among many others. Among their numerous projects, they have been commissioned to create works by the Italian fashion house Etro, the Meissen Porcelain Manufacture in Germany, Absolut Vodka, and Conde Nast India.