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Press relating to Dayanita Singh

  • Dayanita Singh: ‘If I could describe a photograph entirely in words, why bother making it?’ ~ Amandas Ong

    Published in Apollo Magazine, November 2016

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  • The drama of Dayanita Singh’s art ~ Rachel Spence

    Published in Financial Times, November 2016 ( FT Weekend, 19 November 13 )

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  • Dayanita Singh’s Museum Of Machines at Mast, Bologna ~ Urs Stahel

    Published in British Journal of Photography, November 2016

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  • How the Book Has Become a Museum Piece—for Its Own Good ~ S Prasannarajan

    Published in Open Magazine: Voices, February 2016

    I am in Dayanita Singh’s Museum of Chance. And what I chance upon first, before I see the walls and read them, is a book. Or, is it one? It has the appearance of a usual coffee table. On the cover is the mournful ‘faces’ of a calf, a frozen sculpture, a suspended animation. What you miss—sorry, what you do not miss—is a name. No title, no author name, to prepare you for the journey, and sometimes, it is pure bliss not to be hooked. Turn the pages and you are inside Dayanita Singh’s Museum of Chance, published by Steidl, and there are no words to distract you in the rustle of pages, only the randomness of black and white, held together by the viewer/ reader’s sensory powers.

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  • Dayanita Singh: At Home in Her Meta-Museum ~ Somak Ghoshal

    Published in Open The Magazine, December 2015

    In the late afternoon winter light, Dayanita Singh’s ‘Museum Bhavan’, made up of her collection of nine ‘mobile museums’, looks solemn and spectral. Thin, white textiles cover some of these structures, which occupy most of the living room of her south Delhi home. In the coming few days, these cabinet-like contraptions will shift to Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in Saket, New Delhi, and stay there for the next six months.

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  • Go Away Closer: Dayanita Singh at the MMK in Frankfurt

    Published in Deutsche Bank ArtMag, October 2014

    She is one of the most important photographers worldwide. Again and again, Dayanita Singh calls the conventions of her medium into question. Now, the MMK in Frankfurt presents a major show of the Indian artist’s work, which an entire floor in the Deutsche Bank Towers is dedicated to. Singh’s work is also included in the exhibition “Time Present” currently touring through Asia, which brings together international photo works from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

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  • Inside rooms with Dayanita where paper is made flesh ~ Indrajit Hazra

    Published in The Sunday Guardian, 13 April 2014

    “Blood is quite a special fluid,” I recall Goethe’s Mephistopheles telling Faust while wrapping up a special deal as I turn the pages of Dayanita Singh’s File Room (Rs 3,000, Steidl). It is a bit odd to think of blood — or any liquid, for that matter — while lingering over black and white photographs of stacks and bundles and heaps and rows of what is essentially paper. The teeming population of files — harder paper folded to hold softer paper in each of them — are the opposite of liquid, conjuring up the opposite of blood: they are dry and dust-laden.

    As the title of Aveek Sen’s opening text emphasises, it is not a sea of paper, but a “Forest of Paper”. “...the saddest smell is that of wet paper, when after the monsoon floods or a super-cyclone, soggy files, books, maps and newspapers have to be cleaned out. Or, when they are laid out to dry in the sun, the strange, fungal smell of river muck and fish-slime that wavy-wet paper can give out,” he writes, pointing to variations and palpable possibilities that Dayanita’s heaps of paper could take.

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  • The Worlds of Dayanita Singh ~ Monisha Rajesh

    Published in The New York TImes, October 2013

    Mobility and fluidity are key themes of “Go Away Closer,” which opened Oct. 8 at the Hayward Gallery and runs through Dec. 15. At the heart of the exhibition is “Museum Bhavan,” a series of mini-museums that have evolved from 30 years of Ms. Singh’s work. Handmade from giant, folding wooden panels that open and close like books, each portable “museum” is fitted with both old and new black-and-white photographs.

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  • Night Waves

    Published in BBC Radio 3 , 2013-10-10

    Arts and cultural debate with Philip Dodd including social media and democracy, photographer Dayanita Singh plus Verdi…and Shakespeare.

    The photographer, Dayanita Singh, documents our interior landscapes. At her new exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery, Go Away Closer, she tells Philip how her approach to the camera is influenced by the rigors of indian classical music and the demands of literature. For Dayanita Singh, images must be displayed and curated in such a way that they tell part of a story…and since the story is constantly evolving and changing, so must the way she chooses to show her work.

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  • Friends in low places ~ Mark Hudson

    Published in The Telegraph, October 2013

    Dayanita Singh, subject of a major retrospective at the Hayward, photographs everything from India’s upper-class sitting rooms to its cemetery-dwelling eunuchs. Mark Hudson meets her.

    Dayanita Singh is obsessed with paper. Her most recent book, File Room, comprises sumptuous black-and-white photographs of paper: in boxes, in sacks, in massive ledgers, but mostly in loosely tied bundles, crammed into creaking shelves in dusty government archives in India. We see the earnest-looking guardians of these places, but it’s the paper that takes centre stage. You can practically smell the desiccated, browning leaves, feel their dryness against your skin.
    “I have a visceral response to places like that,” says Singh. “To paper factories, old bookshops, people’s private libraries. I find the thought of the secrets and knowledge contained in all that paper deeply moving. I have long conversations with my publisher that are about nothing but paper. I carry the stuff around with me all the time, because I never know when I’ll have an idea for a book.”

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