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Nalini Malani: The Rebellion of the Dead

Centre Pompidou, Paris

18 Oct 2017 - 8 Jan 2018

In a unique collaboration, the Centre Pompidou and Castello di Rivoli are staging Nalini Malani’s first retrospective in France and Italy. Presented in two parts, this major exhibition covers 50 years of creativity. In the Centre Pompidou, the artist presents works from 1969 to the present day, including her latest painting series, All We Imagine as Light. The exhibitions tackle the various concepts underlying her œuvre: utopia, dystopia, her vision of India and of the role of women in the world. The result of Partition in 1947 has had a lifelong traumatic effect on Malani’s family, whose experiences as refugees continue to inform her artistic practice. In her art she places inherited iconographies and cherished cultural stereotypes under pressure. Her point of view is unwaveringly urban and internationalist, and unsparing in its condemnation of a cynical nationalism that exploits the beliefs of the masses. Find out more about the Nalini Malani exhibition from the Centre Pompidou’s website.

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All We Imagine as Light (2016), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Anil Rane; Arario Museum, Séoul

All We Imagine as Light (2016), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Anil Rane; Arario Museum, Séoul

Remembering Mad Meg (2007–11), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Payal Kapadia

Remembering Mad Meg (2007–11), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Payal Kapadia

Hamletmachine (2000), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Arario Gallery; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

Hamletmachine (2000), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Arario Gallery; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

Damaged Survivors (1970), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Nalini Malani; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

Damaged Survivors (1970), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Nalini Malani; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

Onanism (1969), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Nalini Malani; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

Onanism (1969), Nalini Malani. Photo: © Nalini Malani; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris