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By Nalini Malani
Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Johan Pijnappel
Preview: JAN 10, 2020 at 6 pm as part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend
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.
Nalini Malani secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay, 1969 and the French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris from 1970 to 1972. In 2010, she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2013, she won the Fukuoka Prize for Art followed by an exhibition at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. She received the St. Moritz Art Masters Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, the Asian Arts Game Changers Award Hong Kong in 2016, and the prestigious Joan Miró Prize in 2019. Malani has had 15 International museum solo exhibitions and her works have been acquired by 30 museums including MoMA, MET, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou. Her latest critically acclaimed retrospective 'The Rebellion of the Dead', 1969-2017 was shown at the Centre Pompidou and Castello di Rivoli.