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Title

Stains


Artist

Nalini Malani

India

1946 -


About

'Stains' shows the relationship between drawing, which is at the core of Malani’s practice, and her more recent forays into video art. Hand drawn and aminated using the stop motion techniques, she shows forms emerging out of material ablutions; figures both emerging out of and dissolving into liquid blobs which Malani says “act ambiguously toward each other: loving, hating, killing each other.”

The way in which these forms slide between recognisable figures, body parts and viscera renders the body skinless. Here the body is uncontained and in pieces. The curator and pioneer of feminist Indian art Geeta Kapur has argued that this indicates a desire to break down the boundaries between the self and others – to dissolve one’s skin and get inside another’s, thereby establishing a kind of empathy that hinges on mutual vulnerability.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.


Details


Place where the work was made

India


Date

2002


Materials used

video animation, colour, sound, 07:50 min loop


Edition

4/10


Dimensions

90.0 x 120.0 cm


Credit

Gift of the artist 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

61.2012


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, 146-147 (colour illus.). Edition unknown

Chaitanya Sambrani, Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, New York, 2004, 93 (colour illus.). Cat.no. 18c, DVD stills; edition unknown