Nalini Malani brings immersive WWI installation to Edinburgh Art Festival 2014
In Search of Vanished Blood will use the exterior walls of the Scottish National Gallery
This article is from 2014.
The 4th of August marks 100 years since the outbreak of WWI. To commemorate this momentous occasion, LIGHTS OUT, a UK-wide event, has commissioned four leading international artists to articulate what war means to them. Nalini Malani, the first Asian woman to win the Arts & Culture Fukuoka Prize, is bringing her visual art exhibition In Search of Vanished Blood to the capital as part of a joint project with 14–18 NOW WWI Centenary Art Commissions.
The Mumbai-based artist is renowned for using art to question the ongoing presence of war in society, drawing heavily on her own childhood experience of India’s Partition when, in 1947, her family were forced to flee Pakistan. She is particularly interested in challenging existing dialogues surrounding the role of women in conflicts, this being the focus of the work.
For one night only the audience are invited to witness the violence and pain of war through the eyes of a young woman, in a stimulating combination of video and shadow play. Malani has developed a new and unique-to-Edinburgh externally-sited presentation of the exhibition, using the western and southern facades of the Scottish National Gallery building as the backdrop for the large-scale projections to ensure an enthralling and immersive experience for all.
Scottish National Gallery, 624 6200, Mon 4 Aug, 10.30pm–midnight, free.