'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.
Place where the work was made
video animation, colour, sound, 07:50 min loop
90.0 x 120.0 cm
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, 146-147 (colour illus.). Edition unknown
Thomas McEvilley and Chaitanya Sambrani, Nalini Malani, Dublin, 2007.
Chaitanya Sambrani, Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India, New York, 2004, 93 (colour illus.). Cat.no. 18c, DVD stills; edition unknown