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.
- IMMA, Dublin monograph
- Listening to the Shades, #Artists book with Robert Storr,.
- Documenta 13 artists book with Arjun Appadurai, 100 notebooks project.
- Documenta 13 mongraph In Search of Vanished Blood, with DVD documentary by Payal Kapadia.
- William Kentridge & Nalini Malani: The Shadow Play as Medium of Memory by Andreas Huyssen.
- Splitting the Other, Nalini Malani Monograph Musee des Beaux Arts Lausanne.
- You Can't Keep Acid in a Paper Bag, KNMA monograph.
- In Medias Res Nalini Malani's Shadow Plays by Mieke Bal.
- Nalini Malani Retrospective Part l The Rebellion of the Dead, Centre Pompidou.
- Nalini Malani Retrospective Part ll The Rebellion of the Dead, Castello di Rivoli.
Museum retrospective and Museum solo:
Nalini Malani: The Rebellion of the Dead, retrospective 1969-2019 Part 2, Castello Di Rivoli Torin, Ital curated by Marcella Beccaria. September to January
Nalini Malani: The Rebellion of the Dead, retrospective 1969-2017, Part 1, Centre Pompidou Pari, Franc curated by Sophie Duplaix.
Nalini Malani : Transgressions, Solo show Stediljk Museum Amsterdam, curated by Margriet Schavemaker
Solo exhibition, Nalini Malani, Curated by Birgid Uccia
Solo show, Engadiner Museum, St. Moritz, Switzerlan
Nalini Malani: Hamletmachine , curated by Dan Cameron, Solo show , New Museum, New York.
NALINI MALANI WINS ST. MORITZ ART MASTERS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, AUG 27 2014
The Artist lives and works in Mumbai.