Study Visit: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Tala Madani

On Tuesday 4 March OCA tutor Diana Ali will a lead a study visit to Nottingham Contemporary to view the work of performance artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and painter Tala Madani. Students have the opportunity to participate in a gallery talk and to view an optional performance later on that evening.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s sculptures and installations often start as handmade props, costumes and sets for her joyful, anarchic performances. She is influenced by popular performing traditions such as medieval mummer plays, carnivals, communes, drag acts and political demonstrations, as well as the history of performance in avant-garde art. For this, her first solo exhibition at a public gallery in Britain, Chetwynd presents a selection of recent works around two largescale performative sculptures.

Tala Madani’s work reflects on masculinity, group dynamics, sexuality and power play – topics that are explored with humour, as well as impossible cartoon violence. She imagines the bizarre and purposeless rituals of a male-only domain. She has said that she uses humour to “bring everyone’s guards down” and work often seems to tell a story drawing inspiration from graphic novels.


The gallery talk is £2 per person and the performance is free. To book your place please email


Image Credit: Tala Madani, Wall Painting, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London. Photo Thierry Bal.

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1 comment for “Study Visit: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Tala Madani

  1. 6 February 2014 at 1:26 pm

    My colleagues at ECA wil be helping MGC with her performance at Nottingham – they’ve been practising! Can’t wait to hear how they get on.

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