Dürer created the woodcut to mark the arrival of an Indian rhinoceros, named Gainda, in Lisbon, an important event as no other had been seen in Europe for over 1000 years. This being so, he created his impression without ever having seen a rhino, taking information only from descriptions from others.
In 2011, Raqs reimagined Dürer’s elaborate creature as a carousel animal, the title However Incongruous reinforcing its lack of harmony with its surroundings.
Formed in 1992 by New Delhi based artists Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective create politically engaged works using diverse mediums and processes. The members are all artists, writers and curators and as a collective have made significant impacts on contemporary culture in India:
All our projects are jointly authored. We do not identify any one of us as the ‘custodian’ of a particular practice or method or style or work process. The work that we do, artistically and curatorially, emerges and exists at the intersection of our triangulated curiosities, skills and desires. In some ways, we could say, that Raqs, which is more than the sum of its personified parts (any one of us as individuals), is the author.
As well as incorporating each of their skills and ideas, Raqs have collaborated with designers, scholars and architects among others to realise projects.