An image of Unity in Diversity

Nalini Malani

(India 1946 – )

Unity in Diversity

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Unity in Diversity' reworks an allegorical painting ‘Galaxy of Musicians’ by the iconic 19th Century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. It shows eleven female musicians dressed in the different costumes of India signifying unity in diversity.

Malani contrasts the image embodying this ideal with more recent imagery of the bloody riots that occurred in the province of Gujarat in 2002. She takes up a particular history of nationalism, looking at both sides (the idealistic and the violent), suggesting links between them but also mourning the loss of this ideal.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.

Place of origin
India
Year
2003
Media
Time-based art, Installation
Medium
single channel video play projected in gilt frame, colour, sound, mid-twentieth century lounge, pair of mid-twentieth century lamps, 13 framed black and white photographs, crimson wall paint
Dimensions
duration: 00:07:30 min, aspect ratio: 16:9 :
a - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
b - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
c - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
d - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
e - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
f - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
g - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
h - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
i - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
j - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
k - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
l - Black and white framed photograph; 25 x 28 cm
m - Black and white framed photograph; 28 x 25 cm
n - pair of mid-twentieth century lamps
o - mid-twentieth century lounge
p - gilt frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "N. Malani". Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the artist 2012
Accession number
60.2012.a-r
Copyright
© Nalini Malani