By Nalini Malani
Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Johan Pijnappel
Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in association with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai Supported by Volte Art Projects
In this exhibition, Nalini Malani explores concepts and concerns that have preoccupied her for decades - notions of oppression and dominance, of freedom and justice. Her art pushes the boundaries of the visual and engages in an optical theatre that is a commentary not only on the present but also on who we are, where we come from and where we are going. As the pioneer of experimental art in India, she creates immersive installations, ephemeral wall drawings, erasure performances, animation chambers and her signature video/shadow plays. Her work questions the profound certainties of life, of society, of experience-persisting 'evidence', which is encountered and felt. In her practice, Malani, as an engaged witness, exerts an artistic pressure on inherited iconographies and cherished cultural constructs.
with the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)
Listen to Covers of International Music, Percussion Music, Instrumental Violin and Indie Music at the Museum Plaza!
In collaboration with Story Circus
'Cast Off All Shame' is a solo theatre performance that blends bhakti poetry with stories, observation, humour. The play features poems by women Bhakti poets Janabai, Soyarabai, Avvaiyyar, Akka Mahadevi, and Lal Ded.
Inspired by Nalini Malani's ongoing exhibition, ‘The Witness’
A performance by Harshada Borkar and Manvita Joshi
'Mazi May Sarsoti', a performance in the style of a broadway musical, narrates the life story of Bahinabai Chaudhari - a woman born in Jalgaon in the late 19th century.
The experiential programme aims to familiarise audiences with Bahinabai’s legacy as a person and a poet.