Dayanita Singh

  • PHOTOBOOK AWARDS 2017: THE Laureates

    THE PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE

  • Nominés Prix du Livre

    Dayanita Singh
    Museum Bhavan
    Steidl
    Göttingen, Germany, 2017
    Designed by Dayanita Singh and Gerhard Steidl
    steidl.de

    Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan, a beautiful, multivolume boxed set of nine intimate leporello books, is a marriage of photography’s two major formats: book and exhibition. Each enclosed book features a typology of tritone images printed slightly larger than the original 6-by-6 negatives. Singh conceives of Museum Bhavan as miniature traveling exhibitions—including her series Printing Press Museum, Museum of Vitrines, and Little Ladies Museum. Christoph Wiesner connects the concept to Marcel Duchamp’s La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a suitcase), which replicates the artist’s own work as a traveling object; we also find in Singh’s photographs self-referential gestures to the book form and other modes of presentation—images of printing presses and overstuffed library shelves. A text booklet featured inside contains an essay by Aveek Sen and a pragmatic conversation about bookmaking with Gerhard Steidl. Wiesner comments that the form and the texts “bring the reader into the process and helpfully expand one’s perspective on a project like this.”

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