Nalini Malani

Mumbai, India
Nalini Malani is an artist who has managed to incorporate her cultural origins into the language of Western art with great originality and poetry. Often the object of her works is ethnic and religious conflict. The analysis of this conflict becomes the emblem for the analysis of all conflicts.

Even though her work is so sincerely social and politic, Nalini Malani never forgets to manifest a very strong poetical relevance. Her works are always inspired by historical documents and take this inspiration to embrace the human condition in a wider context.

Above all in her last phase, the artist has enriched her political concepts with elements of a deeper spirituality. The figures of men and animals are melting into each other in a continuous metamorphosis that can be perceived in her large
canvasses, where the painted figures represent the multiple aspects of a form in progress..

place & year of birth
1946 Karachi, Pakistan

featured galleries

1964 - 1967
While still a student, had a studio at the Bhulabhai Memorial Institute, Bombay, where artists, musicians, dancers and theatre
persons worked individually and as a community.

1964 - 1969
Diploma in Fine Arts, Sir Jamshedjee Jeebhoy School of Art, Bombay

1970 - 1972
French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris

1984 - 1989
Art Fellowship, Government of India

solo exhibitions
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Living in Alicetime, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbay and Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

group exhibitions
Sydney Biennale

Venice Biennale
Urban Manners, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Local Stories, Modern Art Oxford UK

Pijnappel, Johan, Indian Video Art: History in Motion, Fukuoka Sigwart, Ann, n.paradoxa, vol. 13, London

McEvilly, Thomas, Nalini Malani at the New Museum - New York, Art in America, November
Kapur, Geeta, Body.City, House of World Culture, Berlin
Hoffie, Pat Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights. ANU Humanities Reasearh Centre and Drill Hall Gallery,
Canberra.Rajadhyaksha, Ashish, Spilling Out: Nalini’s recent Video’s Installations, Third Text Nr 62 Vol17 Issue 1

Pijnappel, Johan, Video Art in India, Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi
Barragan Paco, El arte que viene, (The art to come), Subastas Siglo XXI, Madrid
Raffel, Suhanya, Asia – Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane