Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in New York, USA and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

An influential character in the world of contemporary art, the young American of Iranian origin, Tala Madani, studied political science followed by art in Oregon and at Yale, where she excelled, winning many prizes. She settled in New York and Amsterdam, following an internship at the Rijksacademie in 2007, where she pursued a caustic figurative investigation of the links between political satire and imaginary perception, criticism of religion, or inequality of the sexes, and childhood memories. Through witty, humorous drawings, Tala Madani spits venom by displaying cynical and uninhibited work. Middle-aged men, soft bellies, and drooping moustaches lend themselves to absurd practices in disconcerting and graphic situations: naked men crawling on all fours, brushing past each other in briefs, a supposed hairy leg plunging into a creamy strawberry cake, giving each other tattoos, styling each other’s hair, caressing each other, or else strangely camouflaged with black stripes, yellow lines or orange bands…Mediterranean or Middle Eastern-type male chauvinist caricatures, they are devoted to a virile type of friendship against an extremely comical background of homosexual eroticism with a mixture of innocence. Outlined by aerosol, marker pen lines, garish or washed-out colours, Tala Madani’s painting is not weighed down by the need for pictorial perfection; it hits the spot with its frank and dry wit.