Bread Winner is an interactive board game with logical rules, which the audience can play. The game encourages people to question the forms of sustenance in their everyday lives and how these things connect every living thing in the universe.
“Bread and Circuses”, aka “panem et circuses”, refers
to the Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as spectacular games and other forms
of entertainment as a strategy for sustaining the political power of the empire. Appropriating this logic to critique
the new cultural economy, Thukral & Tagra probe the very authority that curates art in spectacular and repeated regular intervals, reviewing the profundity of the world in a discursive manner.
In this exhibition, Thukral & Tagra present a contradictory situation for us to reflect on politics through spectatorship and to contemplate the issue of survival in a cultural economy that is endowed with symbols, idioms, and ideas. Bread is a form of sustenance and in this context implies that the material culture of art is a way of surviving in the new economy. Circus alludes to the use of entertainment as a delay tactic for dealing with politics or initiating social changes.