The Indian photographer Dayanita Singh has often described herself as a “bookmaker working with photography”. Born in 1961 in Delhi, Singh uses photography to expand the manner in which the viewer relates to photographic imagery. Playing on various forms of visual narration, Singh first made a name for herself by documenting the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in rehearsal before eventually publishing the book Zakir Hussain in 1986.
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About the artwork
Dayanita Singh first met the eunuch Mona Ahmed in 1989 and they soon became close friends. Together they have focused on the question of what it means to be unique in today’s world. Singh once wrote of Mona Ahmed that she “wanted to tell me the story of being neither here nor there, neither male nor female, and finally, neither a eunuch nor someone like me.” Singh frequently uses images of Mona Ahmed also in her more recent museum structures.