by Soumya MukerjiAug 26, 2021
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?
‘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.
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.
BV Box was launched at Gallery White, Baroda (Vadodara) with BV Doshi in presence.