The latest work from the Iranian-born artist, who brilliantly and subversively explores the sexual politics of the Middle East, is profiled in this book. 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.