mumbai

Dayanita Singh

Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Captured at an angle, two adjacent doors appear to tilt, thrusting themselves into our line of vision. Suffused with a soft glow, they compete to entice viewers into alternative, equally mysterious, realms. This is Blue Book #2, one of thirty-six untitled images in “Blue Book,” 2009, Dayanita Singh’s series of photographs of industrial sites and deserted, down-at-the-heel interiors swaddled in shades of . . . you guessed it: blue. The deep indigo of corrugated rooftops in Blue Book #9, for example, vies for attention with the wide expanse of azure sky (punctuated with a teardrop-size white moon) in Blue Book #22.

The images of “Blue Book” owe their cerulean-tinted moodiness to the vagaries of daylight and color film—no digital manipulation was involved. Since this was the first time color had seeped into the Goa- and New Delhi–based photographer’s practice, the show would have been noteworthy

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