House of Love: Photographic Fiction, Dayanita Singh
An image from Being of Darkness in House of Love: Photographic Fiction, Dayanita Singh
March 2, 2011-September 5, 2011
As the Museum’s 2008 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow, Dayanita Singh explored the human condition through images that began as a photographic diary and became the photographic fiction she titled House of Love. Although shot mostly in India, Singh says House of Love “refuses to confine the ‘human condition’ to a single meaning or context that could be reduced to categories like Indian Society or Indian Photography.”
House of Love refers to the Taj Mahal, the iconic architectural memorial to the beloved wife of a Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. For Dayanita Singh, it also refers to “a range of elusive meanings, some historical and some personal or idiosyncratic” to be teased from the photographs and accompanying text. Her work invites the viewer to dream of new meanings linking her photos with poetry and prose.
Curated by Ilisa Barbash
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House of Love by Dayanita Singh, text by Aveek Sen (Peabody Museum Press / Radius Books, 2011) $45