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Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Oven I
Tala Madani
2018
Oil on linen 96.5 x 76.2 x 3.2 cm 38 x 30 x 1 1/4 in
Oven III
Tala Madani
2018
Oil on linen 96.5 x 76.2 x 3.2 cm 38 x 30 x 1 1/4 in
Oven IV
Tala Madani
2018
Oil on linen 96.5 x 76.2 x 3.2 cm 38 x 30 x 1 1/4 in
Oven II
Tala Madani
2018
Oil on linen 61 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm 24 x 18 x 1 in
Blurry Pussy
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen, stickers 248.9 x 203.2 cm 98 x 80 in
Dissolved Pussy
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 98 x 80 in 248.9 x 203.2 cm
Flashlight
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 76.2 x 61 x 3.2 cm 30 x 24 x 1 1/4 in
Babeless
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 140 x 112 cm 55 x 44 x 1 1/4 inches
Inauguration
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 40.6 x 35.6 cm 16 x 14 in
Three Guests
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 139.7 x 111.8 cm 55 x 44 in
Installation view of the Whitney Biennial 2017 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)
Tala Madani
March 17, 2017 – June 11, 2017
From left to right: Tala Madani, Sex Ed by God, 2017; Tala Madani, Shitty Disco, 2016; Tala Madani, Black Sun, 2017; Tala Madani, Babeless, 2017
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacee
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacée
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacée
Shitty Disco II
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 249 x 229 cm
Rear projection (Village)
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 203 x 203 cm
Shitty Disco
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 140 x 112 cm
The gardener
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 96.5 x 76 cm
Front projetion (Horned)
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 46 x 61 cm
Sun god
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 43.2 x 51 cm
Dripping flowers
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 35.5 x 41 cm
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
The Cowboy
Tala Madani
2015
Oil on canvas 40.6 x 35.6 cm
Dust cover
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on canvas 88.9 x 96.5 cm
Salesman
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on canvas 40.6 x 45.7 cm
Stained Glass
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 41 x 30.5 cm
Supplicant
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 36.7 x 30.5 cm
Grey shadows
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 40.64 x 56 cm
Squeeze
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 193 x 304.8 x 3.2 cm
Christmas Lights
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 76.2 x 61cm
Lego
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 96.5 x 63.5 cm
The Lesson
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 96.5 x 62.2 cm
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Ink splatter
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 195.6 x 266.1 cm
Untitled (The Grid)
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 61 x 45.7 cm
Yellowed Pants
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 41 x 35.5 cm
Mirror Stage
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 198 x 203 cm
Fundament
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Rear Projection: Soft
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 46 x 51 cm
Rear Projection: Form
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 46 x 51 cm
Rear Projection: Grand
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 76 x 61 cm
Tree Decoration
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 76 x 76 cm
Abstract Pussy
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 248.9 x 203.2 cm
Popular Toys
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 97.2 x 62.2 cm
Tail Ends
Tala Madani
2013
Acrylic, pencil & oil on linen 218.4 x 193 cm
Set Dressing
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 97.2 x 76.2 cm
Ding Boom
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 203.2 x 203.2 cm
Stick Up
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Light Balance
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Eye Exam
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on Canvas 91.4 x 68.6 cm
Red Interrogation
Tala Madani
2012
Oil on linen 40.6 x 51.4 cm
Morris Men
Tala Madani
2012
Oil on Linen 172.7 x 167.6 cm

Tala Madani’s painted canvases and animations conjure up enigmatic scenes, often populated by anonymous, bald men. These men appear as if on stage where, apparently unconcerned about whether they are being watched, they laugh at each other, touch each other, paint each other, and even torment each other.

Masculinity is deconstructed in Madani’s work. She breaks down preconceived roles and stereotypes to explore power structures and the construction of male identity. The men in her painting and animations enact pitiable, compulsive violations on their flabby, ageing bodies. Humour punctuates the tension of these awkward situations, but laughter is never a simple release in Madani’s work: comedy and humiliation uncomfortably coexist.

Madani’s cast of characters was exclusively male until 2013, when she embarked upon two new and distinct bodies of work: the Peter and Jane series and the Pussy Paintings. The Peter and Jane series recounts the didactic exploits of the children from the Ladybird Learn to Read books, produced in Britain and exported around the world, including to Iran during Madani’s childhood in the 1980s. In Madani’s versions of the illustrations, errant bodily fluids and miniature men invade illustrations of the exploits of white middle-class children.

Madani’s Pussy Paintings on the other hand, depict a young girl who leans back with her legs splayed in allusion to Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde, 1866. Two loosely painted bald men huddle beneath her, craning their necks to leer up her skirt. The girl is silkscreened, while the men are painted in oils, thereby implicitly locating the figures in different planes.

The Corner Paintings, a series of diptychs begun 2018, are Madani’s most cinematic works to date. The paintings variously depict projectors and lamps, which, directed from one canvas into the other, create screens of light against which events can unfold.

Madani received her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2006. Future solo shows include: Tala Madani, Vienna Secessions, Vienna (2019). Selected solo shows include: Oven Light, Portikus, Frankfurt (2019), Lewben Art Foundation Playlist for Mo Museum “Lewben Playlist for Mo”, MO Museum, Vilnius (2018); Tala Madani, La Panacée, Montpellier (2017); First Light, organised in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator, CAM St. Louis), MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2016); Tala Madani, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2014); Tala Madani, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham 
(2014); Rip Image, Moderna Museet Malmö & Stockholm (2013); The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011). Selected group exhibitions include: (X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Made Masculine, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire (2017); National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne (2017); The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (curated by Nicholas Bourriaud), Taipei (2014); Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Where are we Now?, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech (2014); PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imaginiation, Göteborg Biennial, Göteborg (2013); The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice 2013, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice (2013); New works 13.1, Artpace, San Antonio (2013); Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venice (2011); The Great New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2010); 4th Tirana International Contempoary Art Biennial, Tirana (2009); Greater New Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009).

Madani was awarded the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting (2013), the De Volkskrant Art Award (2012), shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre (2012), the Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting Fellowship (2008), and the Kees Verwey Fellowship (2007). She was artist in residence at the British School of Rome (2010), and The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2007).

Tala Madani lives and works in Los Angeles.

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