In Search of Vanished Blood

Nalini Malani

10.30pm – midnight, Monday 4 August 2014

Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL


Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh Art Festival. With the generous support of the National Galleries of Scotland. Produced by Edinburgh Art Festival.

Visual artist Nalini Malani develops a major new outdoor presentation of her highly acclaimed work, In Search of Vanished Blood, with Edinburgh Art Festival.  Here the artist will transform an iconic Scottish building as she uses large-scale projections and shadow play to cover the Western and Southern façades of the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound.

The choreographed succession of images of war, which include actual film footage of the Cameron Highlanders marching to war and historic representations by other artists, together with a powerful soundtrack, creates a mesmerising and deeply moving reflection on war and its impacts.

Scheduled to commence immediately after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the work is expected to attract audiences from across the city.

Profoundly affected by her own childhood experience of India’s Partition, Nalini Malani’s work is an extended exploration of conflict. She is particularly interested in the female experience of war and has often returned to the figure of Cassandra, the ignored prophesier of doom in ancient Greek myth.

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