BaRiya (Pratyush Pushkar and Riya Raagini) Artist
Formed by Pratyush Pushkar and Riya Raagini, BaRiya is a transdisciplinary duo from New Delhi, India, that works across art, sound design, poetry, and writing. Sincere atheists, and avid Quantum speed readers, Pushkar and Raagini understand art as an organ to dilute and dwell on the marginalized remains of spirituality, to create a consensus with nature, to meditate through the gender spectrum, and to probe quantum compulsions, while intimately acknowledging the binary and racial barriers that hinder an inventive spiritual evolution. BaRiya spirals transcendentally to-and-fro photography, visual poetry, electro-acoustic soundscaping, multimedia translation, and philosophy.
In 2020 BaRiya edited and compiled, one of the first global queer anthology in the Hindi language, with contributions from artists and intellectuals including Sunil Gupta, Charan Singh, and Ruth Vanita. Pushkar and Raagini have also recently translated and elaborated the work by Sophia Parnok, Baruch Spinoza, Gi Hyeong-do, Friedrich Schiller, Gertrude Stein, Paul B. Preciado, and others. They released a solo EP in 2020, and are currently working on a new album incorporating the philosophy of quantum mechanics, which will sensorially translate the mutual relations of the acoustic and the quantum world within a context of varied poetic and spiritual upgradation.
Image credits: Courtnesy of the artists