Their work is clever and witty, informed by graphic design and advertising gloss. But the social comment embedded in the work is the rise of Punjabi baroque typified by ‘Gurgoan dreams’ especially the mall and housing boom and the mass emigration and visa frenzy in Punjab to move to the ‘greener’ pastures of Canada and Australia .
For their own comments go to www.thukraland tagra.com
In the past few years, besides showing in galleries across the world they have been busy creating porcelain for the German porcelain maker Meissen and have launched a capsule collection of accessories for fashion house Etro.
I had my first tactile feel of their work at Vogue where the office wall paper was a fun Thukral and Tagra commission
So I was very happy to attend a talk by the two young artists and their gallerist Peter Nagy of Nature Morte.
It was a lively discussion organized by Avid learning ,an Essar group initiative to drill some culture and art into us . They are doing a good job and you can check all their upcoming talks at www.avidlearning.in
The show titled ‘Q a fairytale for our times’ is on at Mumbai’s Famous studios, Floor no 9 until 15th december.
I have shot many commercials on this floor so it was exciting to see it in a different context.
Fittingly there is also a screening of a short film ,Q set in a Jalalndhar akhada (wrestling ring) with hint of Bergmanesque magical realism. It is part of a larger project that T&T is working on .