About Yamini Nayar
Drawing inspiration from cinema, photographic archives, and mass media, Yamini Nayar creates imagined interiors from found and discarded materials, and photographs them before destroying the tableaux. The environments that Nayar constructs, which loosely reference both specific landmarks, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Building, and generic spaces, like a midcentury living room, are absent of people and appear psychologically loaded, often with distorted perspectives that may disorient viewers. Nayar describes her works as “spaces that question the iconic in photographic memory, where found images are pivot points for imagined, alternate structures.” In a 2008 series, Nayar scored incisions into photographs depicting spaces full of detritus, suggesting the potential for order and reinvention in chaos. Her work has been compared to that of the German artist Thomas Demand.
American, b. 1975, Detroit, Michigan, based in Brooklyn, New York