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Tala Madani

Tala Madani was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. She lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2003 Madani received her BA in Visual Arts from Oregon State University. In 2006 she got her MFA in Painting from the Yale University School of Art and a Visual Arts Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown. Madani’s work has been commissioned for significant group exhibitions including the 6th Liverpool Biennial and at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York, in 2010. A forthcoming solo exhibition will take place at the Moderna Museet, Malmö, in February 2013. 

The subject matter of Tala Madani’s paintings mainly consists of men from the Middle East subjecting themselves and other men to fictional homoerotic sexual acts, torture or humiliation. Full of humour and irony, her paintings venture on a culturally confrontational discourse. Madani herself qualifies this as fascination for the male phenomenon. Her painting style is brutal, with intense colours and only the most necessary forms. Her large works create a sense of spatiality within abstraction and they reflect on “mass behaviour”. The smaller works focus on “private behaviour” and it is easier to read them as small narratives.

Watch the works and the video profile of the artist

For the PinchukArtCentre Madani has created three large-format paintings, combining them with a series of animated films, which bring the themes of her paintings alive.