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The Magic Of Myths
Published: Volume 22, Issue 1, January, 2014

Verve spotlights an artistic interplay of images with narratives in Nalini Malani’s latest solo showing, Cassandra’s Gift

Internationally acclaimed artist Nalini Malani is holding a solo exhibition, Cassandra’s Gift that once again highlights her trend-setting work as a pioneer of new media art in the Indian context. Malani has always focussed on expanding the dimensions of pictorial surfaces into surrounding spaces and her creative offerings include a variety of multi-media works like wall drawings, shadow play, installations and multi projection works.

In Cassandra’s Gift, on show at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi, Malani returns to the tragic figure of Cassandra from Greek mythology, whose powers of prophecy are sidelined as a result of which her voice is silenced – unheard, strangled or distrusted.

The highlights of this showing include the single channel projection version of In Search of Vanished Blood – here Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poetry comes in conversation with Cassandra’s narrative to highlight the persistent violence that surrounds us. In The Tables Have Turned, another installation, Christa Wolf’s 1984 re-interpretation of Cassandra’s story as narrated by actor Alaknanda Samarth forms the soundtrack for the slow moving shadow play of images painted on mylar sheets and placed on turntables.


Nalini Malani: Cassandra’s Gift is on show at the Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, from January 18 – February 22, 2014.

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