Nalini Malani lives in Mumbai (Bombay). She works with watercolour books, drawings, installations and performance. The Gallery has in its collection two of her books, the 'Hieroglyph series' and 'The Degas Suite'. A sense of fragmentation and displacement is at the heart of Nalini Malani's work. Her parents were from Karachi and the family had to leave in 1947 because of Partition. Much of Malani's work is also based on the varied and fractured lifestyles in the district Lohar Chawl (electric market) where the artist's studio is located. In this area of Mumbai various strata of society live with one another. In 'The Degas Suite', Nalini Malani has reinterpreted the drawings by the French Impressionist, Edgar Degas, superimposing other drawings based on the streets of Mumbai. Malani considers the relationship between Indian contemporary life and the modernist traditions of Europe.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 297.
bound book: 35 leaves, 32 prints, photocopied monotypes worked over in ink, pastel and charcoal, 8 drawings, ink on paper, 1 drawing, pencil on paper
22.3 x 27.2 cm leaf; 22.4 x 29.2 cm closed book; 22.4 x 58.5 cm open book
Signature & date
Signed and dated, leaf c-f, i-k, m, t-gg, l.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7"
Signed and dated, leaf x,z,hh, l.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/8"
Signed and dated, leaf g,l,n,o,p, l.l.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7"
Signed and dated, leaf h, q-s, u.r.corner, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7"
Signed and dated, verso, leaf x-aa,dd, brown ink, "N Malani 91/7"
Signed and dated, verso, leaf ff-hh, brown ink, "N Malani 91/8"
Signed and dated, leaf ii, l.r.corner, black ink, "...N Malani Aug '91"
Not on display
© Nalini Malani
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South Asia', pg. 288-297, Sydney, 1999, 297 (colour illus.).
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18 (colour illus.).
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.17
Hamea Sivanesan, Look, 'Indian painting', pg. 20-21, Melbourne, Mar 2001, 20, 21 (colour illus.). A page (letter/leaf not mentioned) from the 'Degas suite' is illustrated in this publication.