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Nalini Malani currently enjoys considerable international fame. Having trained at the distinguished J J School of Art in Bombay, Malani explores the political and postcolonial issues of urban and Third World poverty, decay, exploitation and violence. These complex and difficult themes are brought closer to home through her use of a narrative style and her innate interest in, and profound respect for, the human subject affected by this turmoil. In her 'Hieroglyph' series Malani creates a layering of images produced by techniques she calls 'cloning': monoprints photocopied and worked over in ink, charcoal, watercolour, pen and collage. Malani fashions a complex, layered image which alludes to the multifaceted urbanity of a small street in an area of Mumbai known as Lohar Chawl. She uses her practice to give vision to those stories which history often sweeps aside.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.57.


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Place where the work was made

Mumbai Maharashtra India


Cultural origin

Baroda school artist


Date

1991


Media categories

Book , Print


Materials used

bound book: 34 leaves, 33 photocopied monotypes worked over in ink, watercolour and pen; leaf l is an acetate sheet overlaying leaf m so that these two sheets form one image.


Dimensions

22.3 x 27.8 cm leaf; 22.8 x 29.3 cm closed book; 22.8 x 58.1 cm open book


Signature & date

Signed and dated, leaf hh, l.r.corner, black ink, "...N Malani 91".


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

358.1994.a-hh


Artist information

Nalini Malani

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • India Songs, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993

  • Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

  • Mother India (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Feb 2012–05 May 2012


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18, 19 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 57 (colour illus.). 2 images from the 'Hieroglyph' series.

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.16