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.
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.
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".
© Nalini Malani
Shown in 4 exhibitions
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
- Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993
- Orange Regional Gallery, Orange 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993
- Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 17 Sep 1993–24 Oct 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
Fearless: contemporary South Asian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jul 2018–13 Jan 2019
Referenced in 3 publications
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.16
India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 18, 19 (colour illus.).
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.