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In Pale in Saffron, Rajinder’s sculptural dance-making is informed by his research into the gestures, movements and rhythms of the often sacred practice of turban tying in South Asia.
In his work, the fabric and the rituals connected to it become a springboard to the architectural and to movement. He uses choreographic approaches and techniques of scoring, staging, rehearsing and improvising to create structures that attempt to transcend; shed their material; negate their weight; and rise into an abstraction, something beyond, something yet to be revealed.
As a sculptor, Rajinder moulds and organises various forces to a state of equilibrium, to a particular moment, when – through the intermediary of all materials involved: human, chemical and mechanical – an imprint is taken, creating a world as it is not. Rajinder’s lifelong connection to the fabric and the gesture, as well as the movements and rhythms that come with it, bring agency in the process of subjectivation to the apparatus of flow and formlessness, entering into a dialogue with form, structure and systems.
Rajinder graduated with a PhD in Engineering (UK) in 1993 and a Master’s in Fine Arts (Singapore) in 2010. He was part of Tulca 2020 as well as Tulca 2019 and is the recipient of several awards for his sculptures and movement based work. He was recently shortlisted for both the Golden Fleece Award and EVA International Biennale. His sculptures were part of the recent yearlong exhibition ‘Narrow Gate’ at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Rajinder is a recipient of substantial bursaries for his body based movement oriented work from the Arts Council of Ireland. He has been commissioned for new work by various museums and art festivals in Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. Rajinder has taught as a guest artist/choreographer at the Irish World Academy, Maynooth University, University College Dublin. He is currently working on ‘Alien Embodiments: Guide’ with IMMA and The Otolith Group to develop a body based response to their exhibition Xenogenesis with performers from around the world. His work is part of the national arts collections in both IMMA The Glucksman Museum and the Arts Council of Ireland. Rajinder is the founder of the contemporary art review magazine Drenched Reviews ( www.soaked.space)
Images: Installation views of Rajinder Singh: Pale in Saffron. Photography: Kate Bowe O’Brien