Morris Men

Tala Madani, Morris Men, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias gallery, London. Photo: Prallan Allsten

Modern and antimodern masculinities

A lecture performance and discussion about men and power structures

6.9 2013



The Slavs and Tatars artist collective, Niclas Järvklo, gender researcher, and Johanna Palmström, journalist and editor.

Tala Madani

Rip Image is Tala Madani’s first major exhibition in a museum. Her satirical paintings and animations deal with social and political issues relating to power hierarchies, masculinity and group dynamics. Her images, which are exclusively populated with men, are comical yet deeply serious. Tala Madani was born in Iran in 1981. At the age of 14, she moved with her family to the USA, where she grew up. She has an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, USA, from 2006. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Slavs and Tatars

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They have had solo exhibitions at the MoMA, NY, Secession, group exhibitions at Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and Sharjah, Gwangju, and Mercosul Biennials. Slavs and Tatars have published several books–including Kidnapping Mountains  (Book Works, 2009),  Not Moscow Not Mecca (Revolver/Secession, 2012), Khhhhhhh (Mousse/Moravia Gallery, 2012), Frienship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz (Book Works, 2013) as well as their translation of the legendary Azeri satire Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve (JRP-Ringier, 2011).

Niclas Järvklo

Niclas Järvklo is a postgraduate in the history of ideas at Stockholm University, where he is currently working on his thesis about the New Man seen from the perspective of Swedish masculinity policy. He teaches gender studies at Södertörn University and is the government’s advisor on the study of how norms of masculinity have been influenced and changed through the policies implemented in practice since the 1960s.

Johanna Palmström

Johanna Palmström is a journalist and editor of the feminist arts magazine BANG. She also writes editorials for Dagens Arena since 2011. Together with Moa Elf Karlén she wrote the books Ta betalt – en feministisk överlevnadsguide (Make them Pay – a feminist survival handbook, Tiden 2005), and Slå tillbaka – om vardagsrädsla och systerskap (Strike Back – on everyday fear and sisterhood, Tiden 2005). She was formerly the editor of Äga Rum – röster ur den feministiska rörelsen (Take Place – voices from the feminist movement, Tiden 2008). She is active as a moderator of discussions and interviews on the arts, politics and social issues.

Slavs and Tatars, Molla Nasreddin the antimodern Gwangjubiennalen 2012.

Event curator: Catrin Lundqvist