Nalini Malani


Nalini Malani received her education in the Fine Arts from the Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. Nalini is one of India’s best-known contemporary multimedia artists whose practice encompasses drawing and painting, projected animation, video and film. She is an active force not only in India but also on the international art scene. Building up innumerable layers of fragmentary images into dreamlike and allegorical pictures and videos, Malani’s work can be interpreted as a series of phantasmagorical tales steeped in exoticism. They are also charged with her critiques of the violence, repression and contradiction that plague contemporary society, and there are numerous possible interpretations open to the viewer.

Her exhibitions in the recent past include landmark international Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany and the Kochi Biennale, Tate Liverpool 2012, Centre Pompidou Paris-Delhi-Bombay 2011, Musee des Beaux Arts Lausanne 2010 – a solo retrospective of her works, Cassandra Galerie Lelong, Paris 2009, Listening to the Shades, Arario Gallery, New York, 2008. Important solo exhibitions include Hamletmachine, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA; Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 2007. Her works have been acquired by important contemporary art museums the world over. She also participated in an exhibition along with Reena Kallat and Jayashree Chakravarty Excavation: Memory/Myth/Membrane at Art Musings, Mumbai in 2008. Her exhibition with Art Musings Womantime, 2013, showcased works in various practices including painting, video and projected animation shadowplay. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.