Malani was born in Karachi in 1946 and received her diploma from the Sir J. J. School
of Art in 1969. She has held several shows in India including site-specific works like
'City of Desires' at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai in 1992. Among the several international
shows she has participated in Festival of Perth, Australia in 1976; the International
Festival of Arts at Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France in 1977; 'Myth and Reality' Museum of Modern
Art Oxford in 1982; Seven Indian Artists, Gemmy in 1982; Festival of India, London in
1982. Malani has also participated in "India Song's" a traveling
exhibition in Australia in 1993; Johannesburg Bienniale in 1995; Brisbane Triennale in
1996 and the exhibition 'Traditions/ Tensions' at the Asia Society, New York in 1996.
In Malani's charged human forms there is a constant reference in several
registers to the woman's experience within the larger network of relationship. Her earlier
work, which was autobiographical in nature, spoke of the woman's personal within in the
dense fabric of family interactions. A wider canvas now encapsulates the despair and
destruction within cities or between nations where- the symbolic manifestations of the
woman become apparent. Recently her site-specific works evoke in many registers the
complex relationships between the exploiter and the exploited.
Malani lives and works in Mumbai.
Mixed media on paper d'arch
18" x 24"
Acrylic on canvas
60" x 44"