Questioning orientalist discourse, Lavanya Mani recontextualises the fantastical myths and fables
disseminated by Victorian travellers and the histories of traditional textile production. Signs taken for wonders (2009) charts colonialist constructions of the ‘Orient’ across time. The Ark 2: Dispersal (2022), displayed in a vitrine, comprises
20 small drawings of tropical flora executed in a style evoking colonial- era botanical drawings, alluding to how the cross-territorial exchange of plants shaped global cultures.
Imperiled Geographies (2022), a set of six wall paintings that use embroidery, appliqué techniques and rust, mirror disease-laden bodily anomalies, showcasing the role of non-human entities in shaping the world’s histories.