Born in 1946, in Karachi in the then undivided India, Nalini Malani secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir JJ 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 and Culture. Lives and works in Bombay/Amsterdam.
Malani’s practice is greatly by her experiences as a refugee during the Partition of India. She places inherited iconography and cherished cultural stereotypes under pressure, and as a result challenges cynical nationalism that is fed to the masses. Her works start with the intent to initiate dialogue, as she pushes the narratives to go beyond the conventional and comfortable. She is an urban, feminist voice who doesn’t restrict herself to gender or cultural classifications, yet engages with specific cultural and political issues that demystify these abstract and restrictive categories that the world is bound by. 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 theater.
The Artist lives and works in Mumbai.