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They Called it the Twentieth Century
Raqs Media Collective: Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta
In Persian, Arabic and Urdu, the word “raqs” describes the condition whirling dervishes fall into while dancing. The Indian artist group around the multimedia artists Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta are known for their talent to find politically charged, uncomfortable topics that usually don’t access public media.
The group’s latest project series The Impostor in the Waiting Room draws attention to some people’s permanent state of waiting. Finding themselves in the wrong time and place, usually without valid papers, they involuntarily became nomads spending their lives in transit zones. The video installation They Called It The Twentieth Century is part of the project The Impostor in the Waiting Room.