Mieke Bal: Nalini Malani
10 May 2017
In conjunction with the exhibition Nalini Malani: Transgressions, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam organizes a gallery talk by the renowned professor emeritus Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam).
- Exhibition galleries
- 3 - 4 pm
- museumcard € 3 / students € 10,50 / regular € 18
Starting point of the gallery talk are the subjects the Stedelijk exhibitions on migration are addressing and resulting questions on feminism and migratory culture. Mieke Bal will elaborate on these subjects based on her writings on Nalini Malani, recently published in her book In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (2016).
MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In the exhibition Nalini Malani: Transgressions (Mar 18 – Jun 18 ,2017) the Stedelijk Museum shows the installation Transgressions, a unique combination of painting, video, and moving shadows that Malani terms “video/shadow play.” In collaboration with Malani, several additional works have been selected to be shown. These works provide a contextualization of the themes and variety of literary and classical sources brought into play in Transgressions.
Nalini Malani (1946, Karachi) is an artist who combines a variety of mediums in a unique way in order to cast attention towards political engagement. As a refugee herself during the separation of India and Pakistan, her work is permeated by themes such as migration, globalization, poverty, and the oppression of women. These topical issues are often combined in Malani’s work with motifs from classical literature and mythology.
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, and video artist. She works on feminism, migratory culture, psychoanalysis, and the critique of capitalism. Her books include a trilogy on political art: Endless Andness (on abstraction) and Thinking in Film (on video installation), both 2013, and Of What One Cannot Speak (2010, on sculpture), as well as A Mieke Bal Reader (2006). In 2016 In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (Hatje Cantz) appeared. Her video project Madame B, a collaboration with Michelle Williams Gamaker, is widely exhibited: in 2017 at Museum Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, and combined with paintings by Edvard Munch at the Munch Museum in Oslo. Her most recent film, Reasonable Doubt, on René Descartes and Queen Christina of Sweden, premiered in Kraków, Poland, on 23 April 2016.