Hayward Gallery
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Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer

Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer, 8 October – 15 December 2013, Hayward Gallery. Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer was the first major UK retrospective of Singh’s work. Internationally acclaimed for breaking away from the print-on-the-wall tradition of art photography, Singh sees photography as a starting point, rather than an end in itself. 

Go Away Closer brought together Singh’s early works, artist’s books and her first ‘moving still’ alongside her portable ‘museums’, a major body of work that developed from her experiments in book-making. 

These ‘museums’ – large wooden structures holding 70 to 140 photographs that can be placed and opened in various configurations – make it possible to intimately engage with her photographs as interconnected bodies of work, rather than single images. They displayed stories, themes and related sequences, fashioned by Singh from her vast archive as well as from new photographs. With these objects, Singh expanded photography into the realm of not only sculpture and architecture, but also of fiction and poetry.

Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by acclaimed writer Geoff Dyer and an in-depth interview by Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal. 

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Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer was the first major UK retrospective of Singh’s work. Internationally acclaimed for breaking away from the print-on-the-wall tradition of art photography, Singh sees photography as a starting point, rather than an end in itself. 

Go Away Closer brought together Singh’s early works, artist’s books and her first ‘moving still’ alongside her portable ‘museums’, a major body of work that developed from her experiments in book-making. 

These ‘museums’ – large wooden structures holding 70 to 140 photographs that can be placed and opened in various configurations – make it possible to intimately engage with her photographs as interconnected bodies of work, rather than single images. They displayed stories, themes and related sequences, fashioned by Singh from her vast archive as well as from new photographs. With these objects, Singh expanded photography into the realm of not only sculpture and architecture, but also of fiction and poetry.

Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by acclaimed writer Geoff Dyer and an in-depth interview by Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal. 

Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer

An illustrated catalogue with contributions from writer Geoff Dyer and curator Stephanie Rosenthal.

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