IN FULL BLOOM
Artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra—prepping for a solo show in Yorkshire this October—have been working with botanical themes
Fragments of the delicate rhododendron flower that adorns the upper reaches of the Dhauladhar range will now represent the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), thanks to artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra. Tagra says the Gurgaon-based duo, known as ‘Thukral and Tagra’, has been working a lot with botanical themes, adding that the look for November’s DIFF emerged from their series, ‘Somnium Seminibus—Dream Seeds, 2018’.
Thukral and Tagra have been working together since 2001. “We do have our highs and lows,” says Thukral. “[But] we try to be intuitive and move on with resolving the concerns. Negotiating and processing the differences is the key.”
They’re always looking to work with like-minded people whose art addresses contemporary issues. “We are trained in the visual arts. As we evolve, we view our practice in many mediums through ‘conscious research and urgency’, keeping it humble and not restricted to a material,” says Thukral. “The work of an artist cannot happen in isolation; it must mirror social change, encapsulate the time, and hold the present.”
All set for their solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in October, they say there’s a side benefit to their frequent travels. “It helps us get inspired in the simplest way,” says Tagra. “One just has to observe.”