Dream Villa

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Steidl, 2010 - Photography - 136 pages
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Known for her photographs of lesser-known elements of Indian society, artist Dayanita Singh makes images that might depict anything from the life of a Delhi eunuch to those of upper-middle-class families. Her books, often published without text, allow her to experiment with different styles of sequencing and composing such photographs. In "Dream Villa," Singh explores the ways in which the night transforms what seems ordinary by day into something disquieting and enigmatic; the series of color photographs illustrated in this book presents a landscape that exists as much in the artist's imagination as it does in the real world. In search of these mysterious nocturnal effects, Singh travels to many cities across India, never knowing where her "Dream Villa" or its shadowy inhabitants will present themselves.

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About the author (2010)

Dayanita Singh was born in 1961 in New Delhi, India, where she continues to live and work. Singh showed works as part of a billboard project in Boston and Hartford, Connecticut, in the Fall of 2006. Her work has been featured in recent group shows at The Asia Society and Queens Museum of Art in New York and at Tate Modern in London. Her solo project, "Chairs," was exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in 2005. She studied visual communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and documentary photography at the International Center of Photography, New York.

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