RAQS Media Collective

The Things That Happen When Falling in Love

2 April 2010 - 20 June 2010

Raqs Media Collective, based in New Delhi, comprises the artists Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. At the heart of its method is a sophisticated yet playful approach to language, memory and myth.

For BALTIC, Raqs have created a new installation that explores ways of life that die and are reborn elsewhere, as industries such as shipbuilding relocate from one continent to another. Inspired by archival images of giant shipbuilding cranes on a voyage to India from the River Tyne, The Things That Happen When Falling in Love reveals a global web of wills and longings that sustain life and encourage unexpected intimacies across vast distances. Using photographs, films and text, Raqs transform this global experience into a personal metaphor: the disappearance of the cranes and the history they represent suggests onshore sweethearts bidding farewell to loved ones.

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