Yamini Nayar, "Strange Event", 2009, digital C-Print, 30x40”. Courtesy of Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC.

Yamini Nayar, “Strange Event”, 2009, digital C-Print, 30×40”. Courtesy of Thomas Erben Gallery, NYC.

Yamini Nayar

Built structures and found imagery are starting points for my installations, which explore space as a repository for multiple and hyphenated narratives. My practice is process-oriented, combining elements of sculpture, assemblage and photography. My photographs of imagined spaces are built on tabletops from found and raw materials. They are documented with a large-format camera and afterward, are disassembled and discarded. The materials I work with are common – plaster, branches, wood, Styrofoam, and found imagery culled from online archives. Once I choose a starting image, I research various aspects of the scene – images and texts – and work to reimagine the scene. The final image emerges over time and through the constant reconstruction and reworking of the structure. I am interested in the space where photography becomes metaphor or illusion – where a fictional document is in dialogue with the construction of meaning. Ultimately, the final photograph is an entry point into an assembled world, in transition and momentarily held together for the lens, as well as document of a destroyed object.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Yamini Nayar (Brooklyn, NY) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is a past recipient of the Aaron Siskind Fellowship. Her work has shown nationally and internationally, and has been critically appraised in various publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art India, Art AsiaPacific, the Guardian, and Philips de Pury’s NOW: Art of the 21st Century. She is also listed by Vogue India as one of “India’s Top Ten Artists to Watch”. Nayar gave the Lightborne Lecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as held an artist residency at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2010. Her recent exhibitions and published projects include the Sharjah Biennial, Thomas Erben Gallery (NYC), where her work is represented, NADA (Miami, FL), Art Basel, Galerie Anne Baurault (Paris, France), Indian Art Summit, and Saatchi Gallery (UK). Her photographs are in private and public collections, including the Saatchi Collection, Queens Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the US Arts in Embassies. Yamini Nayar was an artist-in-residence at CPW in July of 2010.