Dayanita Singh: Museum Bhavan
In Museum Bhavan Dayanita Singh creates a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same if not greater artistic value than prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of nine individual museums in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singhs traveling exhibition of the same name whose prints are placed in folding expanding wooden structures (her photo-architecture), which she likes to interchange at will.
The images in Museum Bhavan?old and new, intriguingly literal and suggestive?have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as Little Ladies Museum and Ongoing Museum, as well as more specific series like Museum of Machines. Following her Sent a Letter (2008), the starting point for this project, the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which Singh encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book becomes an exhibition.
Photography, at its best, speaks where words cannot go. Dayanita Singh
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