This book is produced by dOCUMENTA (13) on the occasion of the exhibition / dOCUMENTA (13) from June to September 2012, Kassel.

'Nalini Malani: In Search of Vanished Blood delves into the multifaceted background of a visionary artist whose work holds a mirror to six decades of tumultuous history, while significantly changing the course of modernist practice in India. This artist's book reveals Malani's influential thought and engaged ways of working through the making of her latest video/shadow play produced by dOCUMENTA (13).

In conversation with Malani, Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev discusses the possibility of purging and healing within art while exploring her artistic, political, and feminist history. With socio-cultural anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, Malani contextualizes their collaboration for the dOCUMENTA (13) publication series 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts on the misuse of Gandhi's ideas as a perversion of ideology in order to perpetuate atrocities. In his essay, Andreas Huyssen focuses on the artist's multimedia work in relation to the structure of political memory, combining this with the vicissitudes of cultural transfer and the circulation of visual and literary images in an increasingly global art scene. An extensive biography illustrates how Malani's art has been influenced from the very start by a cinematic approach, from her experimental films of the sixties to her current paintings, theater, and video/shadow plays.' (Back cover)

Includes selected bibliography.

Note: A DVD featuring the documentary Nalini Malani: Cassandra's Gift by Payal Kapadia accompanies this book. Please ask library staff for assistance with access.
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Foreword: Vanishing Violence


Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Conversation with Nalani Malani
Arjun Appadurai in Conversation with Nalini Malani
Shadow Play as Medium of Memory

- Andreas HUYSSEN

Selected Biography: Compulsions toward a Filmic View


Nalini Malani: In Search of Vanished Blood
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Nalini Malani: In Search of Vanished Blood