Danayita Singh, chevalière

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Article first published by The Institut Français in India – Award and Honour: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was bestowed upon Dayanita Singh by His Excellency François Richier Ambassador of France to India at the National Museum on 10th March.

Dayanita Singh et François Richier, French Ambassador in India

Dayanita Singh et François Richier, French Ambassador in India

The ceremony began with the ceremonial lamp lighting by Dr. V. Venu, Director General National Museum, Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, Photographer Dayanita Singh, Mr. Max Claudet, Cultural Counselor French Embassy, as part of the ongoing Fête de la photo. This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and Dr V.Venu declaring the exhibition NSDS BOOK MUSEUM@NATIONAL MUSEUM offcially open. The French Ambassador was delighted with the collaboration and support extended by the National Museum and was impressed by the setting up of this unique,contemporary art exhibition in the midst of a gallery lined with ancient sculptures. “>An impressive turnout of honorable guests was witnessed on the occasion. A large number of those in attendance were artists, designers, illustrators, eminent journalists, writers, editors.

Profile : with a practice based in photography, Dayanita Singh explores how the viewer encounters an image and continuously experiments with new ways to show photographs in book form or as ‘photographic architecture’. The File Room book museum features a single structure composed of 55 File Room books and 15 Nony Singh books, depicting document archives ranging from the unexpected to the ordinary throughout India. The structure may be presented in various configurations according to its situation and is, in many ways, akin to a book or a museum. File Room is an elegy to paper in the age of the digitalization of information and knowledge. The analogue photographer and bookmaker has a unique relationship with paper that is integral not only to making images, texts and memories, but also to a larger confrontation with chaos, mortality and disorder in the labyrinths of bureaucratic archives in a country of more than a billion people. 

Singh was born in 1961 in New Delhi. She studied Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Today, she has published ten books: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008) Blue Book (2009), Dream Villa (2010), House of Love (2011), File Room (2013). Singh inaugurated her Museum Bhavan at her Hayward gallery solo in 2013, and her Book as the work of Art in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

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