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Tala Madani's biggest solo exhibition to date opens at Moderna Museet in Stockholm
Tala Madani, Ding Boom!, 2012© Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias gallery, London. Collection of Joyce and Michael Ostin.

STOCKHOLM.- Tala Madani is currently on everyone’s lips and is in the midst of making a major international breakthrough. The exhibition Rip Image is her biggest solo exhibition to date and the first opportunity for the public to study her oeuvre in depth.

Tala Madani works with painting and animation, and her work examines political subjects such as power structures, masculinity and group dynamics. The viewer is invited into a visual world populated exclusively by middle-aged men engaged in ambiguous and often absurd situations. Madani’s imagery oscillates between abstraction and figuration, seriousness and comedy. Her work invites the viewer to attend situations in which the power structures and male gender roles have been inverted. Complex structures and emotional layers are added to each other until the given interpretations are cancelled out. Madani’s oeuvre confronts human frailty and the great collective and personal challenges of our own era. Her art serves as a social solvent on roles and relations. By playing with stereotypes and symbols, she forces us not only to open our eyes, but also to ask ourselves why we see what we see.

“Tala Madani discusses and comments on extremely important and urgent subjects today. And by denuding desires and norms she forces us not only to look at society at large but also to challenge our own set of values. In that sense, her work is doubly potent, and she increases its impact through the use of humour and satire in her imagery," says Andreas Nilsson, co-curator of the exhibition.

Tala Madani, born in Iran in 1981 and now living and working in the USA, has recently enjoyed growing international recognition. She was recently nominated for the art award the Future Generation Art Prize and participated in the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at P.S. 1 MoMA (2010), the New Museum in New York and the Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual (2009). Moderna Museet Malmö is the first museum to give visitors a more comprehensive opportunity to discover her oeuvre. Some 80 paintings, works on paper and several animations are being presented.

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