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Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
20 May – 17 July 2017
Museum Bhavan will consist of two parts: an introductory section presenting Singh’s earlier works, such as Myself Mona Ahmed (1989-2000), I Am As I Am (1999- ), and her landmark work Sent a Letter (2007). The second part will feature later works, including her ‘Museums’ project which is being shown in Japan for the first time.
11 December 2016 – 21 February 2017
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
Suitcase Museum is a collection of 44 objects from Dayanita Singh’s Museum of Chance (Steidl, 2015). Two suitcases make up this museum, encouraging the future form of the museum and both condensing and expanding its boundaries. In her work, Singh challenges traditional and existing concepts of photography and pushes the medium to speak through other forms like the book, the museum and the archive.
At the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which inspired Dayanita Singh early in her career, she appropriates the Museum’s syntax and structure, its formal as well as its ideological function to present new ways of looking at and engaging with objects.
Museum of Machines: Photographs, Projections, Volumes
12 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
MAST (Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia), Bologna
The MAST Foundation in Bologna presents for the first time in Italy a major solo exhibition of works by Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. Curated by Urs Stahel, the exhibition takes its name from the work Museum of Machines, a recent acquisition of Collection MAST. The exhibition features approximately 300 photographs divided into series – as well as Museum of Machines, it will feature Museum of Industrial Kitchen, Office Museum, Museum of Printing Press, Museum of Men, File Museum and some other works – which speak of work and production, life, its daily management, and its storage.
MMK Frankfurt am Main
Until 4 September 2016
The Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt are currently exhibiting Dayanita Singh’s work as part of a show which combines recent acquisitions from MMK, Centre Pompidou & Tate.
Dayanita Singh: A Book Story
National Portrait Gallery, Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Thursday 19 May 2016, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (book online or in person)
Dayanita Singh traces her photographic journey beginning with a book Zakir Hussain (1986), via other key projects such as Chairs (2005) and its unique dissemination methods, Sent a Letter (2007), her first ‘book as exhibition’, the FILEROOM book object (2013), and concluding with her most recent projects, the Museum of Chance (2014) and Suitcase Museum (2016).
Publishing is a significant part of Singh’s practice: in her books, often made in collaboration with Gerhard Steidl, she experiments with alternate forms of producing and viewing photographs. Singh’s latest is the “book-object,” a work that is concurrently a book, an art object, an exhibition and a catalogue. Stemming from the artist’s interest in the poetic and narrative possibility of sequence and re-sequence, the “book-object” allows Singh to both create photographic sequence and also simultaneously disrupt it.
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