Tala Madani | the artist
Born 1981, Tehran, Iran.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands, .
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
Iranian-American artist. Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2012. Despite the presence of cakes and candles, the scenes in the paintings of Iranian artist Tala Madani are far from celebratory. Madanis world features middle-aged, Middle Eastern men in ritualistic cartoony episodes. Her characters are paunchy, crude and usually bald (but too hairy everyplace else.) These fidgety foreigners play somber, mildly treacherous gamesslapping, plucking, tattooing, waxing, and burningwhich evoke torture and strange homoerotic foreplay in equal measure. The paintings delight in their own cruelty and use humor to drag us in.