An image of Lohar Chawl

Nalini Malani

(India 1946 – )

Lohar Chawl

Not on display
Further information

Nalini Malani currently enjoys considerable international fame. Having trained at the distinguished J J School of Art in Bombay, Malani explores the political and postcolonial issues of urban and Third World poverty, decay, exploitation and violence. These complex and difficult themes are brought closer to home through her use of a narrative style and her innate interest in, and profound respect for, the human subject affected by this turmoil. In her 'Hieroglyph' series Malani creates a layering of images produced by techniques she calls 'cloning': monoprints photocopied and worked over in ink, charcoal, watercolour, pen and collage. Malani fashions a complex, layered image which alludes to the multifaceted urbanity of a small street in an area of Mumbai known as Lohar Chawl. She uses her practice to give vision to those stories which history often sweeps aside.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.57.

Place of origin
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cultural origin
Baroda school
India: Contemporary circa 1945–onwards
Book, Print
bound book: 34 leaves, 33 photocopied monotypes worked over in ink, watercolour and pen; leaf l is an acetate sheet overlaying leaf m so that these two sheets form one image.
22.3 x 27.8 cm leaf; 22.8 x 29.3 cm closed book; 22.8 x 58.1 cm open book
Signature & date

Signed and dated, leaf hh, l.r.corner, black ink, "...N Malani 91".

Purchased 1994
Accession number
© Nalini Malani