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b. 1946, Pakistan

Nalini Malani Biography

Nalini Malani, one of India’s most prominent artists, comprises paintings, wall drawings, video installations and a shadow play, and Malani has gained an international reputation for her multi-layered mixed-media installations. Sourced from history and culture, and mixed with Malani’s personal influences and experiences, they build up a narrative of epic proportions. Images from Palestine and Bosnia, and from the American destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are projected over Indian references, mixing universal concepts with specific historical and personal ones. Most of her works refer to female figures from both Indian and European traditions, which have been the focus of Malani’s work since the 1970s and give additional meaning to her complex layered surfaces. She was brought up in India, the melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, languages and religions, focuses on the trauma caused by endless conflicts between religions and ethnic groups. The history of constant disunion and chaos has been the solid basis of her works.

Nalini Malani Featured Artworks

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The Wasteland by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniThe Wasteland, 2008Transfer, watercolour, pencil reverse painted on acrylic sheet
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Contact Gallery
All We Imagine as Light Series by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniAll We Imagine as Light Series, 2017Reverse painting on acrylic
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Complexity of Communication 3 by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniComplexity of Communication 3, 2013Reverse painted acrylic, ink, and enamel on acrylic sheet on specially printed Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper
12 x 16 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Complexity of Communication 9 by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniComplexity of Communication 9, 2013Reverse painted acrylic, ink, and enamel on acrylic sheet on specially printed Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper
12 x 16 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
In Search of Vanished Blood by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniIn Search of Vanished Blood, 2012Digital pigment print with hand-painted acrylic on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper
92.7 x 110.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Sattu by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniSattu, 2016Reverse painted acrylic, ink, and enamel on acrylic sheet
40 x 30 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Contact Gallery
George Orwell Once Said by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniGeorge Orwell Once Said, 2018Video sketch animation
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Mephisto by Nalini Malani contemporary artwork
Nalini MalaniMephisto, 2018Video sketch animation
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery

Nalini Malani Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, RED at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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10 April–8 May 2020 Group Exhibition RED Galerie Lelong & Co. New YorkOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Nalini Malani, CAN YOU HEAR ME? Nalini Malani 1969-2018 at Arario Gallery, Shanghai
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6 November 2018–17 February 2019 Nalini Malani CAN YOU HEAR ME? Nalini Malani 1969-2018 Arario Gallery, ShanghaiShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Nalini Malani, People Come and Go at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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12 October–25 November 2017 Nalini Malani People Come and Go Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris

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Nalini Malani In Ocula Magazine

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See By Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Nalini Malani Ocula Conversation Nalini Malani By Emily McDermott, New Delhi

The first encounter I want is that of beauty and I use that device to draw in the spectator. Then I unfold a story, which will have its ups, downs, and contradictions.

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Nalini Malani In Related Press

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'The Rebellion of the Dead': a retrospective of Indian artist Nalini Malani at Centre Pompidou, Paris Related Press 'The Rebellion of the Dead': a retrospective of Indian artist Nalini Malani at Centre Pompidou, Paris 18 December 2017, Art Radar

Supported by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), the exhibition The Rebellion of the Dead, Retrospective 1969-2018 is part of a unique collaboration between Paris' Centre Pompidou, where it is on show until 8 January 2018, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin (on display from 27 March to 22 July 2018). The artist's creativity is explored and celebrated...

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The Contemporary Canvas Related Press The Contemporary Canvas 4 February 2017, The Indian Express

From being a forum that brings artists from all over the world to one that will focus on South Asia, India Art Fair (IAF) has changed its course over the nine editions since it debuted in 2008. The transformation was obvious when the four-day event opened on February 2 at NSIC grounds in Okhla. Dominated by artwork from India, followed by...

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Nalini Malani at the ICA, Boston Related Press Nalini Malani at the ICA, Boston 15 September 2016, Frieze

The compact, two-room presentation intelligently focuses on Malani’s singular video-art practice. It is a simultaneous elaboration on, and simplification of, the medium that the artist began working with in the early 2000s, having largely abandoned painting in oil on canvas during India’s tumultuous 1990s in favour of a medium she felt...

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Nalini Malani tells a story Related Press Nalini Malani tells a story 1 July 2016, Interview Magazine

Artist Nalini Malani's exhortations to address violence are particularly poignant after this month's tragedies. When we speak by phone, shortly before today's opening of her exhibition at the ICA Boston, she emphasizes the artist's responsibility to consistently evoke discourse about conflict. In her installation, In Search of...

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Nalini Malani In Video & Audio

APT4 / Nalini Malani discusses her video installation ‘Remembering Toba Tek Singh’ Related Video & Audio APT4 / Nalini Malani discusses her video installation ‘Remembering Toba Tek Singh’ 23 September 2018, QAGOMA

Nalini Malani's ambitious video installation 'Remembering Toba Tek Singh' was made for the 16th World Wide Video Festival in The Netherlands and was shown in Mumbai at the Prince of Wales Museum in 1998. It was exhibited as part of 'Voiceovers' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1999 and later at the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea.

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