IN FULL BLOOM

Artists Jiten Thukral and Su­mir Ta­gra—prep­ping for a solo show in York­shire this Oc­to­ber—have been work­ing with botan­i­cal themes

India Today - - LEISURE - —Sukant Deepak

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.”

RAJWANT RAWAT

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