For more than a decade, Tala Madani has developed a practice centered on playful yet provocative representations of men. In paintings, drawings, and stop-motion animation, Madani creates deadpan and often hilarious satirical works that both mock virility and redistribute the dynamics of power. Disquieting and occasionally disturbing, Madani’s humorous scenarios are a bravely comic reaction to the very real oppression facing women in the Middle East. This book includes essays that consider Madani's treatment of light, her film work, and a conversation between Madani and artist A. L. Steiner.
HENRIETTE HULDISCH is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. KELLY SHINDLER is Associate Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. A. L. STEINER is a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles.