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33 Link Road

Solo exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Installation Detail: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation view: 33 Link Road

Thread, Thread embedded in paper, Time-lapse video

 

Gate

Thread drawing embedded in and extending out of Cotton Rag Paper

190″ X 79″

Detail: Gate

Thread drawing embedded in and extending out of Cotton Rag Paper

190″ X 79″

Detail: Gate

Thread drawing embedded in and extending out of Cotton Rag Paper

190″ X 79″

Detail: Gate

Thread drawing embedded in and extending out of Cotton Rag Paper

190″ X 79″

Mapping the memory Mandala

Time-lapse video of the artist mapping the illusion of her Grandparents’ living room in 33 Link Road.

 

see video here

6 mins, 53 secs

Installation view: 33 Link Road

Thread

 

 Address, 33 Link Road

Thread and shadow

69″ X 36″

Installation view: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation view: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation Detail: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation Detail: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation Detail: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Thread

83″ X 43.5″

Detail: Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Thread

83″ X 43.5″

Spiral Staircase, 33 Link Road

Thread

113″ X 62″

Drawing room wall, 33 Link Road

Thread

112″ X 107.5″

Main gate, 33 Link Road

Thread

74″ X 75″

Mural wall, 33 Link Road and Detail

Thread

78″ X 57″

Veda doors, 33 Link Road

Thread

113″ X 93″

Installation Detail: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation Details: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation process: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

Installation process: 33 Link Road

Thread

Gray Room dimensions: 19ft X 15.6ft X 13.4ft

33 Link Road

Thread

 

Gate 2

Thread embedded in paper

19″ X 16″

Indigo Veda door

Thread drawing embedded in Abaca

83.5″ X 35.5″

Process: Gate

Making Cotton Rag paper and Embedding Thread drawings

 

Architectural fragments from the artist’s family home (33 Link Road) in exact life-size measurements.

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33 Link Road

Singh’s work often renders familiar form into insubstantial mirages, challenging its solidity and by extension the fixity of meaning and the intimacy of knowing that it symbolizes. She transforms form into illusions, perceptual hiccups or ethereal surfaces of lace and thread which appear to levitate like embroideries on air.

For this exhibition, viewers are invited to walk through a labyrinthine space of staggered, veil-like architectural facades based on specific places of emotional resonance for the artist. Made in white thread, these skeletal membranes feature life-size, embroidered architectural fragments from various homes Singh has lived in, particularly 33 Link Road – the family home built in Delhi soon after partition, when her grandparents migrated from Pakistan to India.

Singh lived in several states and countries but the idea of home was continually tethered to this one address (stated as the permanent address in all official documents until a few years ago). A site of gathering, story-telling, embroidering and knitting in the sun, family weddings and sleepovers, a room at the back where her mother was born and a room in the front where her grandfather died – this home, a container of potent memories, now lies unoccupied.

Addressing the temporal nature of both – the form and the meaning of ‘home’, the gallery transforms into an ethereal installation of transparent windows, doors, hinges, gates, staircases and brick walls, overlapping to evoke resonances, contradictions, harmonies and dissonances from certain vantage points while offering clear openings into the spaces behind from other viewing positions. Hard architectural form transforms into soft, tactile skins and the language of memory finds resonance in these veil-like, white surfaces; flattened as if preserved within the pages of book.