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Nalini Malani is a very Joycean artist.

“Malani’s work is influenced by her experiences as a refugee of the Partition of India. She places inherited iconographies and cherished cultural stereotypes under pressure. Her point of view is unwaveringly urban and internationalist, and unsparing in its condemnation of a cynical nationalism that exploits the beliefs of the masses. Hers is an art of excess, going beyond the boundaries of legitimized narrative, exceeding the conventional and initiating dialogue.
Characteristics of her work have been the gradual movement towards new media, international collaboration and expanding dimensions of the pictorial surface into the surrounding space as ephemeral wall drawing, installation, shadow play, multi projection works and theatre.”

(Taken from her bio at

She had a solo show, Splitting the Other, in Lausanne earlier this year. I will write a review here soon.

For now, here is her Listening to the Shades:

And this is an extract from a review by Chaitanya Sambrani:

“Malani stresses her imagery to the point of erasure and back, such that the viewer finds her/himself accompanying the artist in acts of violence, recuperation and remembering. Her work often offers images that lurk beguilingly at the threshold of legibility, conjuring up barely-remembered associations that are part memory and part oneiric excess. In doing this, her work implies a corporeal, physical relationship between the painterly gesture, the interested gaze, and an approach to the human body that is in equal parts genetic surgery and a keening wail of bereavement for worlds that hover briefly at liminal moments of embodiment, only to be swallowed up in the maw of an existential terror, or of historical atrocity.”


Posted November 5, 2010 by R.H.H. Nisbet in Art, Finnegans Wake Audio Recording

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