A spray of yellow and white daffodils appear growing out of a carpet of leaves

Photograph courtesy of the artist

Photograph courtesy of the artist

Dreaming With: Samita Sinha

Our Dreaming With Q&A series provides an exclusive glimpse into the artists’ lives and studios.

Where have you spent your time during the pandemic?
In Jackson Heights, Queens, plus time in East Marion at the very end of Long Island.

A shadow of a tree appears against the beach in a nightime photograph.

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What books, music, movies, or podcasts have inspired you recently?
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions, 2015), Alice Coltrane’s recently released works, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (Europa Editions, 2012–15), Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (Europa Editions, 2020). Also two powerful talks: Bayo Akomolafe’s “Let’s Make Sanctuary” and Vanessa Andreotti’s “The World as a Living Metabolism.”

What are you working on right now?
Pandemic reality has been a time of deepening solo practice, which in turn fed (virtual) experiments in collective sounding and becoming. I feel both seeds growing.

What artist or work of art has most recently had an impact on you?
Cecilia Vicuña, most recently in her book About to Happen (Siglio Press, 2017).

An indoor fireplace with a warm-looking fire

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What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Gathering and celebration. And a residency in Zanzibar in November, at Kizikula.

What do you want viewers to take away from experiencing your work in the Triennial?
Perhaps opening into another way of listening.

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Are there any fun facts about your practice or your work in the Triennial that you would like to share with readers?
Though the work happens indoors, being outside is crucial. The photos are from East Marion, where I receive endless inspiration from simply paying attention.

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