Widely considered the pioneer of video art in India, Nalini Malani explores drawing, painting, and the extension of those forms into projected animation, video, and film. Her works in new media often take the form of monumental and immersive shadow play pieces that create mesmerizing layers of imagery and sound. Committed to the role of the artist as social activist, Malani focuses on creating dynamic visual stories about those who have been ignored, forgotten, or marginalized by history. Drawn from history, culture, and her direct experience as a refugee of the Partition of India and the legacy of colonialism and de-colonization, Malani’s work explores violence, the feminine, and the politics of national identity.
Malani’s work is represented in numerous public collections worldwide including the Asia Society Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York;
National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai, India; National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi, India; British Museum, England; and Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands. Malani recently presented major solo exhibitions including The Rebellion of the Dead: Retrospective 1969-2018, which showed in two parts at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017) and Castello di Revoli, Turin, Italy (2018); the Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts (2016); Kiran Nader Museum of Art, India (2014); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia (2012); Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, France (2010); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland (2007). In 2019, Malani was awarded the seventh edition of the Fundació Joan Miró prize, where a solo exhibition of Nalini Malani’s work is scheduled for 2020.
Malani was born in 1946 in Karachi, India. She currently lives and works in India and Europe.