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Dr. Rajinder Singh is a movement artist and a choreographer working from his studios in Dublin and London. Rajinder’s sculptures, paintings and installations as well as photography, video and performance work explore ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape. Often focused on the power of ritual action in the construction of the social body, his practice explores the ways the human body unfolds around various topographic and symbolic borders.
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 Singh 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. 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)
Eamonn Maxwell is a contemporary art curator, advisor, and mentor. Having studied fine art at Camberwell College of Arts, he has spent 20 years working with visual arts and organisations including the Arts Council of Ireland, Goldsmiths College of Art, and Lismore Castle Arts. Maxwell has been involved in over 60 exhibitions in UK, Ireland, and Europe, including curating the Irish Pavilion at Venice Biennale. He has advised leading contemporary art collectors and been a board member for many not-for-profit organisations. He is passionate about the importance of art in contemporary life and helping artists become successful in their disciplines.
Image: Installation view of Rajinder Singh: Pale in Saffron. Photography: Kate Bowe O’Brien