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Go Away Closer Exhibition at Southbank Centre

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Off The Wall Photography

To break the rules, you first need to know the rules, and that is what Indian photographer, Dayanita Singh, has been doing for the last three decades. Having studied visual communication and photojournalism since the 1980s, Singh is well versed in the traditions of photography, from the usual prints-on-the wall to mass produced artist books.

Singh has become internationally acclaimed as someone who tries to break away from that style, which has led her to be the first Indian artist to have a solo appearance at London's Haywood Gallery in the Southbank Centre.

The exhibition is a retrospective, reflecting on the past twenty-five years of work. Go Away Closer tests photographic boundaries, and explores the practices of this artistic medium. I addition to her past works, the highlight of the show is Museums, a portable series of wooden structured designed to hold between seventy to a hundred and forty photos. She has termed this new way of displaying pictures as 'photo-architecture', and allows themed pieces to be interconnected in one space.

Tickets to the exhibition are 11 and is open until the 15th December. You can also attend a panel discussion on the 11th November, that looks at photography as a medium for storytelling. In addition, there will be a free workshop on the 9th November that explores alternative ways of sharing your identity without the use of social media.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 15th Dec
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 11
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