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Title

Unity in Diversity

2003

Artist

Nalini Malani

India

1946 -

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    India
    Date
    2003
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    Materials used
    single channel video play projected in gilt frame, colour, sound, mid-twentieth century lounge, pair of mid-twentieth century lamps, 13 framed black and white photographs, crimson wall paint
    Edition
    4/10
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:07:30 min, aspect ratio: 16:9 :

    a - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    b - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    c - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    d - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    e - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    f - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    g - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    h - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    i - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    j - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    k - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    l - Black and white framed photograph, 25 x 28 cm

    m - Black and white framed photograph, 28 x 25 cm

    n - pair of mid-twentieth century lamps

    o - mid-twentieth century lounge

    p - gilt frame

    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "N. Malani". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    60.2012.a-r
    Copyright
    © Nalini Malani

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    'Unity in Diversity' reworks an allegorical painting ‘Galaxy of Musicians’ by the iconic 19th Century Indian 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    India

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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