Exhibitions

MAM Project 027: Tala Madani

2019.11.19 [Tue] - 2020.3.29 [Sun]

Tala Madani is of dual Iranian/American cultural heritage, and has forged an international career with a satirical style skewering modern society and its headlong rush toward globalization. MAM Project 027 presents her paintings and videos in Japan for the first time, including some new works.

Madani’s works frequently feature balding, paunchy middle-aged men. Their childish behavior, and the unkind treatment they suffer, appear to suggest a crisis in male-dominated society. Her “Shit Mother” series (2019-), meanwhile, shows infants playing with a mother who has turned into excrement: a deliberate desecration of iconic image of mother and child. Many of Madani’s other images, including a grid representing modernism, violence generated by power structures and mob mentalities, and the bestial instincts of humans, can also be viewed as keenly ironic comments on the Western-centric society.

These works which shine a light on a primitive human essence that transgresses rational norms, plunging a well-honed scalpel into our moral views, will doubtless inspire fresh contemplation of the tolerance toward others espoused by multiculturalism.

Tala Madani
Tala Madani
Cell Men March
2011
Silkscreen, digital print, marker, acrylic, ink on paper
85.1 x 59.7 cm
Collection: Kathleen and Matthew Murray
Courtesy: Pilar Corrias, London
Tala Madani
Tala Madani
Rear Projection: Soft
2013
Oil on linen
46 x 51 cm
Collection: Marija Karan and Joel Lubin
Courtesy: Pilar Corrias, London
Tala Madani
Installation view: Tala Madani, Corner Projections, 303 Gallery, New York, 2018
Courtesy: 303 Gallery, New York
Photo: John Berens
* Referential image
Tala Madani
Tala Madani
Corner Projection with Prism Refraction and Buckets
2018
Oil on linen (diptych)
Left panel: 182.9 x 182.9 cm, right panel: 182.9 x 365.8 cm
Courtesy: 303 Gallery, New York
Photo: Fredrik Nilsen
* Referential image
Installation view: Whitney Biennial 2017 (New York)
Installation view: Whitney Biennial 2017 (New York)
From left to right: Tala Madani, Sex Ed by God, 2017; Shitty Disco, 2016; Black Sun, 2017; Babeless, 2017
Photo: Ron Amstutz
Photo courtesy: Pilar Corrias Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
* Referential image

Tala Madani

Born 1981 in Tehran. Participated in Singapore Biennale 2011, 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Taipei Biennial 2014, Whitney Biennial 2017, and 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019). Based in Los Angeles and active internationally, she has had solo shows at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2011), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2013), and Portikus (Frankfurt, 2019) with shows scheduled at The Secession Vienna (November 2019 - January 2020) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2020.

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MAM Project 027: Tala Madani


Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition MAM Project 027: Tala Madani, you may take photographs/film the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking photographs/filming:

  • Do NOT touch the works of art.
  • Do NOT interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.
  • Do NOT use flash lighting.
  • Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
  • Filming must be limited to 1 minute maximum.

When using photographs/videos taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs/videos may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
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About “MAM Project”

“MAM Project” is a series of experimental projects produced by the Mori Art Museum in collaboration with artists from around the world.

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