Dayanita Singh – Go Away Closer

Posted by Fabio 8 October 2013

Dayanita Singh is internationally acclaimed for breaking away from the print-on-the-wall tradition of art photography and creating unique mass-produced artist’s books. Used as a raw material, photography is a starting point for Singh, rather than an end in itself. Go Away Closer is the first major UK retrospective of Singh’s work, which investigates and challenges the boundaries and practice of photography as an artistic medium.

The exhibition brings together Singh’s artistic oeuvre from the past 25 years and her portable museums, a major new body of work which has developed from her experiments in book-making. Singh’s portable museums are large wooden structures which can be placed and opened in various configurations, each holding 70 to 140 photographs. Within what she has termed a ‘photo-architecture’, her images are endlessly displayed, sequenced, edited and archived within the structures.

Go Away Closer also includes Singh’s significant early series of works and artist’s books, as well as the recent video work Mona and Myself, her first ‘moving still’.

Dayanita Singh
Go Away Closer
Hayward Gallery
Tuesday 8 October 2013 – Sunday 15 December 2013