Yamini Nayar is originally from the Detroit area. Her photographs of imagined spaces, built on tabletops from found and recycled materials, explore the psychology of architecture and place in the face of social and cultural shifts. Her solo exhibitions include An Axe for a Wing-Bone, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2013); Migrating Identities, Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA (2013); Second Nature: Abstract Photography, Then and Now, DeCordova Museum, MA (2012). In 2013 she was the recipient of the Art Matters Grant and in 2010, she was a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and the Art Academy of Cincinnati as the Lightborne artist-in-residence. Her work has been exhibited and published widely, including at the Saatchi Gallery London, Queens Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Art Basel, Art in Embassies, the Indian Art Summit and the Sharjah Biennial 2011. She received an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Image credit: Nayar, Cleo, 2009