MMK 3

Dayanita Singh.
Go Away Closer

27 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

Dayanita Singh, Go Away Closer, 2013

Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2013 Foto/photo: Stephen White

Dayantia Singh, Image from Museum of Chance, 2013

Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. © Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh, Go Away Closer, 2013

Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2013 Foto/photo: Stephen White

Dayanita Singh, Image from File Room, 2013

Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. © Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh, Go Away Closer, 2013

Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2013 Foto/photo: Stephen White

Dayanita Singh, Image from Museum of Chance, 2013

Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery London

In her mobile “museum structures”, the New Delhi artist (b. 1961) compiles photographic collections of the past thirty years from her archive. She arranges these photos according to themes and presents them in wooden structures of her own design. The result is a work of retrospective character with which the artist takes stock of her oeuvre to date.

Singh’s finely and precisely crafted photos, primarily in black and white, are characterized by a balance between powerful empathy and distance. Singh's pictorial world is distinguished by a way of life in which classical societal and family traditions clash with modern lifestyles.

Dayanita Singh made a name for herself above all with her meticulously designed artist’s books, which she has always considered portable museums. The latest large-scale presentation form of the “Photo Architectures” is a logical development of the book format. These wooden structures, which can be rearranged and supplemented in an infinite number of ways, present anywhere from 70 to 140 black-and-white photographs carefully edited and placed in sequences by the artist. The visitors to the MMK 3 are invited to find their individual paths through the structures and come to their own personal interpretations of the photos. There is no pre-established order or museological hierarchy in the classical sense. With these objects, Singh expands on the concept of the photography medium to encompass sculptural and architectural aspects.

The show will be enhanced by Dayanita Singh’s most recent video work, the cinematic portrait Mona and Myself, as well as a new artist book published in close collaboration with Steidl, Göttingen.
    
The exhibition is being organized in cooperation with the Hayward Gallery in London. An artist’s book by Dayanita Singh is being published by the Steidel Verlag.
 


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