New Delhi Exhibitions. Cassandra’s Gift by Nalini Malani at Vadehra Art Gallery

New Delhi Exhibitions. Cassandra’s Gift by Nalini Malani at Vadehra Art Gallery
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New Delhi Exhibitions. Cassandra’s Gift by Nalini Malani at Vadehra Art Gallery. Exhibition dates: 19 January – 22 February, 2014. A great event, Yareah friends. Don’t miss it!

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New Delhi Exhibitions. Cassandra’s Gift by Nalini Malani at Vadehra Art Gallery

Vadehra Art Gallery is proud to announce the solo exhibition titled Cassandra’s Gift by internationally acclaimed artist Nalini Malani from January 18 – February 22, 2014.

For more than four decades, committed to the role of the artist as social activist, Malani is unsparing in her condemnation of a cynical nationalism that exploits the beliefs of the masses. She often bases her work on the stories of those that have been ignored, forgotten or marginalised by history.

One of the pioneers of new media art in the Indian context, Malani’s work has, given her idealism to reach a wider audience, expanded the dimensions of the pictorial surface into surrounding space through ephemeral wall drawings in combination with erasure performances, theatre, shadow play, multi projection works and video/shadow plays. Malani’s intense and committed art reveals her search for the profound certainties of life, of society, of experience-persisting ‘evidence’, which is encountered and felt.

Speaking on the exhibition, Malani says, “The contents of Cassandra’s Gift are concentrated on the possibility that humankind foresees the events of the future – that he/she really ‘listens’ to what is happening around. Often this listening is (self) blocked and our (over) communication goes in all directions but is not effective. Instead of experiencing the community, the political world and nature as one organism, we live by economic and military principles of divide and rule.”

In Malani’s works myths often combine with historical events and enter what she terms the ‘contemporary psychic arena’. They speak of traces, of repressed memories that re-surface in the present. For the Vadehra Art Gallery exhibition, Malani returns to the tragic figure of Cassandra from Greek mythology. Cassandra bears the curse of Apollo: her prophecies are distrusted and her voice remains unheard and strangled.

After a year of international solo museum and gallery exhibitions at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Centre de la Gravure, La Louvière and Galerie Lelong, New York in 2013, Malani focuses her attention on New Delhi in 2014. Apart from the Vadehra Art Gallery exhibition, Malani will also hold her first ever retrospective in India at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (between January and November 2014). Titled You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag, the retrospective is presented in three chapters and showcases key works made between 1969 and 2014 across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, video sculpture, theatre, performance and video/shadow plays.

Vadehra Art Gallery. D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024.

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