Art History and Storytelling: Kavita Singh

The notion of binding and unbinding of fragments continued in Kavita Singh’s exploration of Muraqqa: Artists Books in the Mughal Period. While Singh took the Ensemble back in time to the Muraqqa’s heyday of the 16th and 17th Centuries, there were plenty of analogies between these albums created for the Mughal courts and the more familiar album or collage formats. The binding together of disparate ideas rather than an easily comprehended singular narrative, the archive of memory grown through the additions provided by calligraphers, illuminators and commentators, and the unbinding and decontextualisation in the service of the secondary art market, undercut notions of authorship, legitimacy and prescribed meaning.

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