Tala Madani. Chit Chat. 2007

Tala Madani

Chit Chat

2007

Medium
Video (color, silent)
Duration
2:38 min.
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
306.2015
Copyright
© 2017 Tala Madani
Department
Media and Performance Art
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 11 other works online.
Research in progress; information about this work may be incomplete.
Tala Madani has 5 works online.
There are 2,234 videos online.

Madani's silent, stop-motion animation videos, which consist of over two thousand painted images per minute, are contemporary parables illustrating a repertoire of weakness and vice. The male protagonists in her works are both tragic and comical—primitive beings propelled by hubris and ignorance, rendered amorphously through a thick application of paint. By placing these figures in situations where they are subject to humiliation or violence, Madani performs a critique of patriarchal structures of power, fundamentalism, and sexism.

Chit Chat depicts a flurry of fruitless dealings among an anonymous group of men. Formless and easily malleable, it is difficult to decipher where one figure ends and another begins. As their futile exchanges grow increasingly violent, the work's innocuous title takes on a more sinister connotation as a euphemism for conflict, brutality, and war.

Gallery label from 2017

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