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SSSSTART Research Centre will launch the No.6 exhibition of “Genealogy Study of Artists” – Tala Madani Animation: Chit Chat, from November 14, 2020 to December 20, 2020. The exhibition will present 11 important animations created by Tala Madani from 2007 to 2020, including Madani’s first stop-motion animation “Chit Chat”(2007), major works in recent years “The Audience”(2018), “Manual Man”(2019), as well as her latest work “Fan” (2020).
Tala Madani is an Iranian-born American artist, best known for her sketchy brushstroke and cartoon-like image narrative. Her work mainly depicts the stupidity, violence and absurdity of man in the contemporary hyper-masculine world, putting forward challenges to the current social structure and power relationship in a cynical tone. Madani attained a MFA from University of Yale in 2006 and started working on animation in 2007. Stop-motion animation “Chit Chat”(2007) is the title work of this exhibition, witnessed the artist’s first attempt to develop from oil painting to moving image. Since then, the artist has worked continuously and created more than 20 animation works in total, making the animation an indispensable part of her entire artistic exploration. In this exhibition, we selected a total of 11 representative animations of Madani’s in each period over the past 13 years, showing her transformation and development in the medium. The exhibition is also the first time that Tala Madani presents her works and ideas to the Chinese audience in the form of solo exhibition.
Tala Madani’s (b. 1981, Tehran) lives and works in Los Angeles. Madani’s work brings together various modes of critique about gender, particularly masculine and feminine stereotypes, as well as questioning westernised idealistic notions of childhood, family and the art historical canon. Her work is inflected with a peevish sense of humour and brings to bear foundamental human feelings and emotions, such as anxiety, anger, fear, isolation, paranoia, envy and lust.