Scenes for a New Heritage, a new installation in our contemporary galleries, features recent acquisitions from over 30 international artists. The Wall Street Journalspoke to Director Glenn Lowry and curator Quentin Bajac about the exhibition.
[Nalini Malani (Indian, born 1946). Gamepieces. 2003/2009]
This work, by Nalini Malani, was one of the highlights of dOCUMENTA 13, held this past summer in Kassel, Germany.
Influenced by personal and cultural experiences as a refugee of the Partition of India, Malani’s work focuses on gender and displacement and incorporates cultural imagery alongside new media, projection, and shadow play.
In Search of Vanished Blood is a colossal installation that features projections of light through revolving acrylic cylinders. The cylinders feature painted imagery and, as they spin, the painted imagery moves across the wall and creates an interesting dynamic of shadow. The images used in this installation feature various representations of female characters from the Hindu religion alongside Western icons. The result is a breathtaking, multi-dimensional installation that comments on such social issues as gender, violence, and religious fundamentalism.
To see the installation in action, check out this video here.
For more information about Malani’s work, please visit her website.
Nalini Malani, Remembering Mad Meg, 2007-2011 View of the installation in the exhibition, Centre Pompidou, 2011 Video / shadow theatre Three animation videos, seven painted Lexan plastic cylinders, steel frames, light, engines, sound