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8 October – 15 December 2013
Hayward Gallery, London
Dayanita Singh (b. 1961) is one of India’s most influential photographers. Exhibited widely both in India and abroad, her work often takes a curious view of the seemingly every day. Trained originally as a bookmaker, Singh has produced numerous publications, a significant part of the artist’s practice, in which she has further examined different ways of creating and viewing photographs. She is best known for her portraits of India’s urban middle- and upper classes, and her compassionate photo-essay about the eunuch Mona Ahmed. In addition, the artist has for many years explored interior spaces, personal museums, emotionally charged places (psychiatric wards of mental institutions, ashrams), and architecture (for example Taj Mahal in her series ‘House of Love’). Her images capture insights into contemporary life that often challenge the exotic stereotypes of the West.
For the first time Singh will bring her portable ‘museums’ to the Hayward Gallery. These freestanding human size wooden structures containing framed photographs allow an intimate engagement with her work. Oscillating between photography and contemporary art, they invite a closer look at her ideas on narrating. Reminiscent of unfolded gigantic books, her ‘Museum of Photography’, ‘Museum of Textile’, ‘Museum of Little Ladies’ and ‘Museum of Chance’, amongst others, are the refined form of Singh’s unique visual storytelling, which is characterised by elements of poetry and playfulness. The structures also testify to the artist’s ever evolving experimental and interdisciplinary approach towards the medium of photography and its performative qualities.
The Hayward Gallery show will be the first comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work in a UK public institution.
21 April – 2 June 2013
Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil, Switzerland
In its inaugural exhibition ‹Lovin’ it›, the Bromer Art Collection, a museum whose collecting activity focuses on mountain painting and contemporary art, will show works by national and international contemporary artists. The exhibition’s title stands for the figments and fallacies of our times, the clichés and opposing opinions that shape our worldview. The majestic Matterhorn, the very epitome of the mountain, appeals to most tourists and Swiss residents. It has a high recognition value and has long become an emblem, if not even a product – reproduced and sold in the thousands. Yet what exactly does this symbol suggest today – or has it become a mere empty vessel for rigid and fossilised notions?
Bridget Smith will be showing three photographs, ‘Austrian Suite’ 1997, ‘Highway Street’ 1996 – 7 and ‘Madonna Suite’ 1997.
27 March – 8 September 2013
This exhibition presents the worldwide debut of Fiona Tan’s latest work, Inventory.
Inventory was born out of the allure of the private home and museum of Sir John Soane, an enthusiastic collector who over two hundred years ago created, within the confines of his own residence, a private monument embodying the appeal of and the architect’s passion for Rome and featuring classical sculptures, fragments and details.
Around Inventory rotate a further three important video works by the artist – Correction, Disorient and Cloud Island – and a series of engravings selected from Piranesi’s series Le Carceri d’Invenzione (Imaginary Prisons), the source of inspiration for Correction and a work that established a fascinating dialogues with the architecture of Zaha Hadid.
Realization of Inventory was made possible through the Philadelphia Museum of Art with generous support from the Wyncote Foundation. Additional support for the production was provided by the Leo Katz Collection, Bogotá, Colombia. The artist would like to thank the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam for its support.
Designs of the Year 2013
29 March – 1 April 2013
Awards announced 17 April 2013
We are delighted to announce Fiona Banner has been nominated for a Design of the Year Award for ‘A Room for London’.A Room for London – Roi des Belges, is a temporary building on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall. It is a studio for writers and performers who will live there for up to a week. The residents will create work in situ, which will be performed live and published on www.aroomforlondon.co.uk. The programme has been built around the themes and concerns of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Designed by Fiona Banner in collaboration with David Kohn architects. Programmed by Artangel and produced by Living Architecture.
Time Will Tell
10 March – 3 November 2013
Croft Castle (National Trust), Herefordshire
Time Will Tell is an evolving programme of Contemporary Art, taking place in the castle, gardens and parkland of Croft Castle.
Dorothy Cross will present a new commission, ‘Everest Shark’, a new bronze work which refers to time and our human-history in relationship to natural-history.
Time Will Tell explores the way we look at history and the way we represent it. The programme considers the creative potential that arises from the tensions between different interpretations of the past. On the one hand, it examines the historians’ responsibility to separate facts from fictions, and on the other, the artist’s ability to fill in the missing links and suggest new narratives.
Mirroring the constant shifting of history, Time Will Tell presents an evolving exhibition of new and existing works and an exciting series of events, including performances, walks and opportunities to meet the artists.
The programme revolves around artist residencies, in which a number of artists have been invited to spend time at Croft: to come and go, as they require; to research and develop new work; and to engage with the people at Croft.
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