TALA MADANI Shit Moms
© Tala Madani, Shit Moms
The Los Angeles-based artist Tala Madani’s paintings and animated films address social and political themes such as power structures, group dynamics, and the crisis of masculinity. Mean, cruel, and brutal but also sexually awkward and comical figures populate bizarre pastel-colored sceneries rendered in loosely expressive brushstrokes that are sometimes illuminated by the glare of a spotlight. Madani’s films foreground the narrative aspect that is also present, though in more fragmented form, in her paintings.
Both her paintings and her animated films operate with a visual language that is often grotesquely exaggerated, both drastic and tender, obscene and funny. Madani’s oeuvre posits a world in which primal desires are unrestrained by conventions and social norms, while her works are suffused by light that points both in and outward––at human instinct and upended social ritual.
Tala Madani was born in Tehran in 1981 and grew up in the United States. She lives in Los Angeles.
Tala Madani will speak with Mark Leckey