In 1991, three young filmmakers from New Delhi were discussing the future of the world over a late-night game of carom (table billiards) when they decided to write their first script together. The resultant film, Half the Night Left, and the Universe to Comprehend, 1991, marked the formalization of the three-way partnership among Jeebesh Bagchi, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Monica Narula as Raqs Media Collective. Raqs’s artistic approach, involving cinematic, philosophical, social, and digital pursuits, as well as their cerebral force, often pulls other practitioners into their orbit and is fueled by shared conversation. If we recall that one of the meanings of “Raqs” is the acronym “Rarely Asked Questions,” their curatorial concept for the Eleventh Shanghai Biennale, “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-Arguments, and Stories,” can be understood as an epic rendering of their
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