Unity in diversity
'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.
Place where the work was made
single channel digital video, colour, sound, projected in gilt frame, living room setting, crimson wall, two lamps, framed black and white photographs
duration: 00:07:30 min
Signature & date
Signed l.r. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "N. Malani". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2012
Not on display
© Nalini Malani
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Mother India (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Feb 2012–05 May 2012
Referenced in 3 publications
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Editor), Nalini Malani: Splitting the Other, Germany, 2010, 154-155 (colour illus.). Edition unknown
Unknown and Unknown, Nalini Malani, Dublin, 2007.
Unknown, 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