Curated by Marcella Beccaria
The Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, present the first retrospective by Nalini Malani in Italy and in France. Through drawing, painting, installations, and numerous other experimental forms of art she explores the return of violence in history in a context of relentless globalization, especially against women.
A celebrated pioneer of contemporary art in India, Nalini Malani (Karachi, 1946) lives and works in Mumbai, a city the artist still prefers to call Bombay. Through drawing, painting, installations, and numerous other experimental forms of art she explores the return of violence in history in a context of relentless globalization, especially against women. Profoundly political, Malani’s art draws inspiration from the archetypes present in Oriental cultures and in Greek mythology, seeking to establish a wide-ranging dialogue with disciplines including contemporary theatre and literature.
By involving viewers in immersive and multisensory environments, the artist reflects on the devastating effects of war, on the phantoms of religion and on the exploitation of nature.Developed in collaboration with the artist, both parts of the retrospective Nalini Malani: The Rebellion of the Dead present works in non-chronological order to highlight the grand narratives that recur in her practice since 1969. To contrast the traditional meaning of the word “retrospective,” Malani has created two newWall Drawing/Erasure Performance works, one for the Castello and one for the Centre Pompidou. The work at Castello presents characters and iconographic allusions to Indian art, to Greek mythology and to stories of contemporary violence and discrimination. References to contemporary writers such as Italo Calvino (1923-1985) and the poet Attipat Krishnaswami Ramanujan (1929-1993) are also present.