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Title

Unity in diversity

2003


Artist

Nalini Malani

India

1946 -


About

'Unity in Diversity' reworks an allegorical painting ‘Galaxy of Musicians’ by the iconic 19th Century painter Raja Ravi Varma. It shows eleven female musicians dressed in the different costumes of India signifying unity in diversity.

Malani contrasts the image embodying this ideal with more recent imagery of the bloody riots that occurred in the province of Gujarat in 2002. She takes up a particular history of nationalism, looking at both sides (the idealistic and the violent), suggesting links between them but also mourning the loss of this ideal.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

2003


Materials used

video installation, colour, sound, 07:30 min loop


Edition

4/10


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Credit

Gift of the artist 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

60.2012


Artist information

Nalini Malani

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
India

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Thomas McEvilley and Chaitanya Sambrani, Nalini Malani, Dublin, 2007.

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Editor), Nalini Malani: Splitting the Other, Germany, 2010, 154-155 (colour illus.). Edition unknown

Chaitanya Sambrani, Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, New York, 2004, 92 (colour iilus.), 94 (colour illus.). Cat.no.18a; edition unknown. Cat.no. 18b, DVD stills; edition unknown