33 Link Road: Specters of Home

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Delhi

33 Link Road

Thread

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Detail from Mural wall, 33 Link Road

Thread and steel frame

78″ X 57″

Detail: Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Thread and steel frame

83″ X 43.5″

Installation seen through Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Constructed wall, steel frame and thread

83″ X 43.5″

Installation view

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Installation process: 33 Link Road

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Installation view and TV room window,

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Installation view

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

stairs

Thread and shadow

Left: 13ft X 3ft (approximately)

Right: 12ft X 5 ft (approximately)

Installation details

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Constructed wall, steel frame and thread

83″ X 43.5″

Detail: viewer in installation

Thread and steel frames

Detail: viewer in installation

Thread and steel frames

Detail: Gate, 33 Link Road

Thread

Installation views

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

Installation view

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

stairs

Thread and shadow

13ft X 3ft (approximately)

 

Detail: veda doors, 33 Link Road

Thread and steel frames

Details: viewer in installation

Thread and steel frames

Detail: Garden Doors, 33 Link Road

Constructed wall, steel frame and thread

83″ X 43.5″

Studio window

Thread and shadow

4ft X 2ft (approximately)

Installation view

Thread and steel frames

Room dimensions: 22ft X 30ft

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″

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

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33 Link Road: Specters of Home

For this exhibition, viewers are invited to inhabit an ethereal labyrinth of transparent  architectural facades from 33 Link Road – Singh’s family home built in Delhi soon after partition, when her grandparents migrated from Pakistan to India.

Singh herself lived in several states and countries but the idea of home was continually tethered to this one address. A site of yearly 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.

In place of brick and mortar, the fragile white thread weaves hard architecture into soft, spectral cob-webs of past memories. The architecture is experienced more as an apparition or a mirage, rather than solid form; white thread drawings hovering weightlessly in a white room, registering primarily through a play of light and shadow. Made to exact life-size dimensions, every nut, bolt, hinge and brick transforms into insubstantial, porous skins challenging the solidity of both – the form and the meaning of ‘home’. The language of memory finds resonance in these veil-like membranes; flattened as if preserved within the pages of book.