“I’ve always preferred not to be anything.” American artist Roni Horn is interviewed by her fan, Indian artist Dayanita Singh. The two acclaimed artists share a love of book making, and of the unique way that photography merges reality and fiction.
In this interview Roni Horn introduces Dayanita Singh to her projects ‘a.k.a.’, ‘bird’, and ‘drawings’, and explains some of the thoughts behind them. Horn talks about identity, gender and sexuality, and wanting to escape defenition. How the minx is a “homicidal maniac”. How ravens have a lot of personality. How she likes the idea of a mask which is identical to the original. And she explains why she likes to have everything in pairs: “When you have one, you have one. When you have two, you have the space between, plus, you’ve got difference. And difference is where everything opens up.”
Roni Horn (b.1955) is an American visual artist and writer from New York. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography, language, and site-specific installations. Since her first encounter with Iceland as a young arts graduate visiting on a fellowship from Yale, 30 years ago, the work of Roni Horn has been hugely inspired by the island’s singular geography, geology, climate and culture.
Dayanita Singh (b.1961) is an Indian visual artist, known for her portraits of India’s urban middle and upper-class families. While her early work was mainly black and white documentary style photography, her later work has been dreamy and saturated with color.
Recorded in may 2012 Two days art, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The conversation took place at George Trakas’ sculpture ‘Self Passage’, from 1986-1989.
Edited by Kamilla Bruus
Colorgrading: Honey Biba Beckerlee
Produced by Christian Lund, 2013
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
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