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Dayanita Singh, Pothi Box, 2018, thirty image cards, teakwood enclosure, inscribed napkin, 7 7⁄8 × 6 1⁄2 × 1".

Dayanita Singh, Pothi Box, 2018, thirty image cards, teakwood enclosure, inscribed napkin,
7 7⁄8 × 6 1⁄2 × 1".

Dayanita Singh

Callicoon Fine Arts

Dayanita Singh, Pothi Box, 2018, thirty image cards, teakwood enclosure, inscribed napkin, 7 7⁄8 × 6 1⁄2 × 1".

The Pothi Box, 2018, is Dayanita Singh’s latest “book object,” an unbound photographic publication, produced in an edition of 360, mounted directly on a gallery’s walls. Thirty boxes—each filled with thirty prints—were hung in a horizontal line at Callicoon Fine Arts. Additional copies were wrapped in cloth that was fastidiously knotted, and arranged in stacks on a nearby table. Most of the book’s imagery documents material accumulations, such as countless towers of film, rows of uniformly bound novels, and entire rooms lined with swaddled groupings of archival materials. One picture depicts a dense bale of fraying, ragged paper—seen up close, it looks like petrified wood. Together, these images thread a narrative wherein items that gesture to something beyond themselves—newsprint, film strips, and loose-leaf paper—draw attention to their own physical

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