Dayanita Singh's BV Box celebrates the genius of Pritzker Prize laureate, BV Doshi

STIR celebrates the ninety-second birthday of BV Doshi with an exclusive review of the BV Box exhibit by Dayanita Singh.

by Rahul Kumar Published on : Aug 27, 2019

On the occasion of the ninety-second birthday of Pritzker Prize awardee Balkrishna Doshi, STIR brings an exclusive preview of the BV Box. Fourth in the series of ‘Spontaneous Books’, artist Dayanita Singh aims to question the notion of a ‘book’. Can a mass-produced artist book be considered a contemporary art work? Can a book be both a book and an exhibition? Can a book, shown on a wall, also become catalogue of its very exhibition?

BV Box Exhibit at Gallery White Baroda| BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
BV Box Exhibit at Gallery White Baroda Image Credit: Gallery White

‘Spontaneous Books’ are built as books and book-objects by Singh as and when she has the opportunity to gather the material, and to present and disseminate it. An unbound book, usually with thirty image cards, held together in a wooden box, so far, the repertoire has a Kochi Box, Box of Shedding, Pothi Box, and the newest, BV Box.

The box, a wooden structure, can be hung on wall or placed on a table. Images can be changed as often as one chooses to; however, they are meant to be separated from the each other or the box | BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
The box, a wooden structure, can be hung on wall or placed on a table. Images can be changed as often as one chooses to; however, they are meant to be separated from the each other or the box. Image Credit: Gallery White
The box, a wooden structure, can be hung on wall or placed on a table. Images can be changed as often as one chooses to; however, they are meant to be separated from the each other or the box | BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
The box, a wooden structure, can be hung on wall or placed on a table. Images can be changed as often as one chooses to; however, they are meant to be separated from the each other or the box. Image Credit: Gallery White

Singh uses photography to present poetic and narrative possibilities. Layered with her interest in archive, she is interested in exploring alternate forms of viewing her art.

Dayanita Singh with Doshi at the opening of BV Box Exhibit| BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
Dayanita Singh with Doshi at the opening of BV Box Exhibit Image Credit: Gallery White
Doshi with GM Sheikh| BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
Doshi with GM Sheikh Image Credit: Gallery White
Doshi with Jyoti Bhatt| BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
Doshi with Jyoti Bhatt Image Credit: Gallery White
Doshi signing catalogues at the BV Box Exhibit at Gallery White Baroda| BV Box| Balkrishna Doshi| Lida Shihoko| STIR
Doshi signing catalogues at the BV Box Exhibit at Gallery White Baroda Image Credit: Gallery White

BV Box was launched at Gallery White, Baroda (Vadodara) with BV Doshi in presence.

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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

Rahul has written for various publications and leading journals like Arts Illustrated and Mint-Lounge. He led an art venture for NDTV and was involved in its television programming. He is a Fulbright scholar and a practising artist. Rahul retired from mainstream corporate roles and as an Editor for STIR, he is responsible for curating the Art section.

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