November 22, 2019

Tala Madani in conversation with Mark Leckey

Exhibition talk

The Los Angeles-based artist Tala Madani’s paintings and animated films address social and political themes such as power structures, group dynamics, and the crisis of masculinity. Both her paintings and her animated films operate with a visual language that is often grotesquely exaggerated, both drastic and tender, obscene and funny.

Tala Madani’s art has been on view in numerous solo exhibitions. Her exhibition in the Secession’s main gallery will be her first institutional solo show in Austria.

Tala Madani was born in Tehran in 1981 and grew up in the United States. She lives in Los Angeles.


Mark Leckey’s highly idiosyncratic work combines installations, objects, videos, and sound sculptures with popular culture, in particular British subculture. In his iconic video Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), he compiled found footage from 1970s Northern Soul to Rave in the late 1990s, thus creating a visual essay on over twenty years of dance culture in England. In his exhibition projects, he explores the cultural identity that shapes our society characterised by commerce and consumer goods fetishism and, more recently, digital technologies and the impact they have on the relationships between people, objects, and environments.

Mark Leckey’s first solo exhibition in Austria was shown in 2015 at the Secession (with Alessandro Roho).

Mark Leckey, born in 1964 in Birkenhead (UK), lives and works in London.


An event of the Friends of the Secession
In English