Pocket Museum

Special Project

When the nine mobile museums in Museum Bhavan began to find homes in more formal institutions, Dayanita Singh decided to find a form that would allow her museums to be simultaneously disseminated in more domestic spaces: as a result, the larger wooden museums transformed into the pocket museum. A unique handmade box that holds within it nine miniature concertina books that turn into exhibitions and a book of conversations, the pocket museum is waiting to be installed in your homes. Is it a book? Is it an exhibition? Is it mass produced? Is it unique? Is it a work of art? With this, Singh invites you to become the curator of her work.

Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh is an artist whose medium is photography and primary form is the book.

Born in 1961 in New Delhi, Singh studied Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has published thirteen books including: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), and most recently, Museum Bhavan (2017) . Her works have been shown in several museums including TOP museum in Tokyo, MAST Bologna, and Art Institute of Chicago. She has also exhibited at the 2nd Kochi Biennale, Sydney Biennale, and the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2013.