Dayanita Singh | the artist
The artist Dayanita Singh
Born 1961, , India.
Lives and works in Delhi, .
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Dayanita Singhs photographic work often presents a curious view of the seemingly everyday. Her recent projects use the possibilites and peculiarities of colour film to produce lush photographs saturated with intense colour. These works present a landscape which exists as much in the artists imagination as in the real world. Publishing is also a significant part of the artists practice: in her books, often published without text, Singh experiments with different ways of producing and viewing photographs…
Singh is photographing the India that is slipping through the cracks, unnoticed, uncelebrated, in the rush to keep up, to modernize, globalize, westernize. Already lost in Delhi and Bombay, this India can still be found in Benares and Calcutta. In Calcutta, there is a man who has spent his life sculpting from the clay of the Ganges each of the ten fingers for each of the ten hands of the goddess Durga for the fall pujas. In Benares, there is a man who sells perfume that his family makes, from house to house; and a cotton man, who pulls out the cotton from old quilts and mattresses and fluffs them to life again. But there is also the foundry in Howrah, where barefoot and scarcely clothed men pour molten iron into handcrafted moulds, to be shipped to Germany and assembled into powerful precision machinery…
Night, Delhi-based photographer Dayanita Singh asserts, is transformative; it conjures figures lurking in shadowy recesses and renders small movements rustling leaves, distant footsteps threatening, even ominous. In Dream Villa, the largest single body of her colour work shown to date, Singh explores the mysteriousness of ordinary spaces obscured in darkness…