Dayanita Singh (Indian, born 1961) Pothi Khana, 2018 30 hinged teak structures, 80 black and white and 20 color archival pigment prints, 6 stools The Driscoll Art Accessions Endowment Fund and The Alfred And Ingrid Lenz Harrison Purchase Fund 2020.58 Installation view Frith Street Gallery, London, 20 September 2019 – 9 November 2019 Photo: Stephen White & Co

Dayanita Singh: Pothi Khana

Dayanita Singh: Pothi Khana

November 12, 2021 - April 10, 2022
Perlman Gallery
Free Exhibition

For Pothi Khana (Hindi for “archive room”), photographic artist Dayanita Singh (b. New Delhi, India, 1961) challenges the perceived limitations of her medium, literally taking photographs “off the wall” and into modular teakwood structures. In this example of what the artist describes as “photo-architecture,” Singh documents India’s vast, bureaucratic government archives, revealing shelf upon shelf of cloth-wrapped stacks of paper—bundles that reflect longstanding cultural practices of preservation and knowledge keeping. Pothi Khana dramatizes the experience of a secluded archive, inviting viewers to wander among its tower-like structures and find their own places within a boundless universe of knowledge.

Dayanita Singh (Indian, born 1961) Pothi Khana, 2018 30 hinged teak structures, 80 black and white and 20 color archival pigment prints, 6 stools The Driscoll Art Accessions Endowment Fund and The Alfred And Ingrid Lenz Harrison Purchase Fund 2020.58 Installation view Frith Street Gallery, London, 20 September 2019 – 9 November 2019 Photo: Stephen White & Co