From 1970 to 1972, soon after her studies in Bombay, Malani undertook what she refers to as ‘the university of my life’ in Paris. There she experienced political and intellectual engagements in an intensely international setting following the ferment of the 1968 student demonstrations. Political science, film studies, feminist theory and postcolonial theory were at the fore.
She soon began making photographic collages at the photo club of the Cité Internationale Universitaire. The solarised photographs Intestines of the Machine Age and Le Chemin de Fer, made in 1970, reflect the political turmoil of the time.
The diptych Les Manifestations – Paris specifically portrays street protesters and uniformed police in public conflict.