Newly commissioned work “In Search of Vanished Blood” by Nalini Malani premieres on M+ Facade from 5th August 2022

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3rd August 2022 – (Hong Kong) M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, will debut the newly commissioned work In Search of Vanished Blood (2012/22) by moving image pioneer Nalini Malani, on the M+ Facade on Friday, 5th August 2022 at 7pm. The moving image work will be displayed on the M+ Facade until Sunday, 2nd October 2022, from 7pm to 9:10pm daily.From Saturday, 8th October 2022 to Sunday, 30th October 2022, the work will be presented from 7pm to 9:10pm during the weekends only.

Comprising live-action performance, animation, drawing, painting, and found footage, this silent eight-and-a-half-minute video is tailored for display on the M+ Facade in a bold visual dialogue with Hong Kong’s dynamic skyline. Complementing Nalini Malani: Vision in Motion, the inaugural exhibition in the Studio at M+, In Search of Vanished Blood continues Malani’s longstanding artistic investigation into the effects of war, violence, and the repression of women. The enigmatic video mingles coded images from Greek and Hindu mythology with personal and real-world references, layering architectural forms, cloudy skies, world maps, human faces, and a gigantic prostrate female figure that emerge from shadows and darkness.

Inspired by Cassandra, the 1983 novel by German writer and critic Christa Wolf about the Trojan priestess in the Graeco-Trojan war, In Search of Vanished Blood re-tells the story of the fall of Troy, but from the point of view of the woman whose visionary powers earned her contempt and scorn. Malani re-evaluates epic narratives to consider the erasure and side-lining of women’s knowledge and experience. The looming figure of Cassandra, with her steady, unflinching gaze, urges onlookers to pay attention to hidden and ignored social injustices throughout history. Malani hopes that In Search of Vanished Blood offers the audience a moment of careful reflection, inviting them to revisit societal norms and retrace histories, in particular those related to violence and violence committed against women.

M+’s Instagram account (@mplusmuseum) will present Malani’s newly commissioned work titled LIFE(2022) from Wednesday, 10th August 2022 to Thursday, 18th August 2022. Featuring a total of nine animations, one animation will be posted each day over nine consecutive days. The work makes reference to the poem The Elements of Composition by Indian poet and scholar A. K. Ramanujan as a metaphor for the cyclical movement and nature of life, death, and the afterlife.

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