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MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.
Artist Bio: Tala Madani (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran)
Tala Madani is a painter who uses stop-motion animation to present surreal situations, constructing bizarre and often humorous narratives. Her work highlights scenarios of cultural and gender difference and the connections between power, law, and language. For her piece for Art Breaks, titled Under Man, the artist presents viewers with a vulnerable figure who is aggressively pelted by objects until he ultimately decides to bury himself. Madani received her MFA from Yale University School of Art. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, and Pilar Corrias, London, and has been included in group shows in Europe and the United States including Speech Matters for the Danish Pavillion, Venice Biennale; Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York; and Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York.
Tala Madani lives and works in Los Angeles.