Nalini Malani

In Search of Vanished Blood

4 – 5 August 2014


The Lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”     

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary speaking in 1914 as Britain’s ultimatum to Germany was about to expire.


Nalini Malani is one of four leading international artists invited to make work as part of LIGHTS OUT, a UK-wide event marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. Profoundly affected by her own childhood experience of India’s Partition, her work is an extended exploration of conflict, religious and military. She is particularly interested in the female experience of war (real and mythological), and has often returned to the figure of Cassandra, the ignored prophesier of doom in ancient Greek myth.


To mark the extraordinary moment of the centenary, as part of a joint project with 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Malani develops a new externally-sited presentation of In Search of Vanished Blood. Here the artist’s pictorial plane becomes the city itself, as she uses large-scale projections to cover the full Western and Southern facades of Playfair's iconic Scottish National Gallery building on the Mound. With a choreographed succession of Malani’s artistic interpretation of the images of war, we witness through the eyes of a young woman the pain and grief of violence. Through her distinctive combination of video and shadow play, Malani presents a world of on-going collective wars of which we have all become a part, and to which there is as yet no solution.


Nalini Malani


Co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


With the generous support of the National Galleries of Scotland. 


Mon 4 & Tuesday 5 August, 10.30pm-Midnight

Free admission


Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, EH2 2EL

0131 624 6200


4 – 5 August 2014
Nalini Malani: In Search of Vanished Blood


Free, no booking necessary.