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The New York Times list Dayanita Singh’s photo book as one of the best

Press Release   •   Jan 13, 2016 15:39 GMT

Among the best photo books 2015, we find Dayanita Singh's "Museum of Chance" (Steidl) published by Bildmuseet, Umeå University in collaboration with the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, states the New York Times.

Dayanita Singh is one of the most prominent photographers in India. Three years ago Bildmuseet exhibited Dayanita Singh / A photographer's adventure, curated by museum director Katarina Pierre and assistant curator Polly Yassin. It was Singh's largest-ever solo exhibition and the first major presentation of her work in the Nordic countries. The collaboration continued with the publication of the photo book “Museum of Chance” which now has been listed as one of the best photo books published in 2015. The New York Times states:

“Dayanita Singh often describes the photobook as her primary medium. What she goes for in the form — and what she richly achieves in “Museum of Chance,” her latest — is a kind of narrative that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. In collaboration with the famously detail-oriented publisher Gerhard Steidl, Singh brings together a variety of her photographs and through them conveys a mysterious and uncannily coherent story. The printing in this book is exemplary: The black tones are rich and profound, the whites subtle and creamy. Singh’s story in “Museum of Chance” has something to do with breezes, white curtains, rooms full of dusty files, Bollywood actors, musicians at rehearsal, night phantoms. But like a tightly edited song cycle, the project is impossible to reduce to its synopsis. It unfolds, one page after the other, like a dream.”

About the exhibition Dayanita Singh / A photographer's adventure

New York Times article The Best Photo Books of 2015

Dayanita Singh's photo book can be viewed at Steid

Museum of Chance is available in Bildmuseet’s museum shop.

For more information, please contact

Director Katarina Pierre, Bildmuseet
+46 90-786 96 32

Bildmuseet exhibits contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture, along with art historical retrospectives. Existential, political and philosophical issues are key to the programme. Last year the kunsthalle received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year jury last year, and was one of the top candidates for the Swedish Museum of the Year Award as well as for the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University, housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus by the shores of the Umeälven river. Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher learning with over 32,000 students and 4,200 employees.

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