Tahmina Negmat is currently on a year-long residency at the Carpenters Wharf Studios in Hackney Wick and
making paintings about Joe Exotic from Tiger King in her quarantine flat in Moscow.
Tahmina treats her studio as a spectacle arena where she wants to throw a real
celebration for the anti-hero the Trickster ("A demonic-comic double of a
cultural hero, endowed with the features of a naughty dodger”. For her The Trickster is
the main protagonist of today and takes a lot of inspiration from cinema
As a way into this thinking Tahmina explains that her painting ‘Endless Infatuations with Malcolm Mcdowell', which you can see over on our instagram page is a tribute towards my obsession over the portrait of the antihero. Sh says ‘I have a real antagonistic reaction to pitch-perfect moralism, as I think I see most
things that are perfect and clean-cut as a nice antisocial package where the
whole investment goes towards oneself. However the anti-heroes are raw,
and they are rare. They have this weird self conflicted duality going on.
Similarly like looking at the rock in Goya’s painting and never quite seeing
just the rock, but the tripled eyed devil, ongoing mutating faces, a depiction
of the birth of something and the whole mortality is in that rock. So I see the
same rawness and wrongness in the rounded and enlarged facial features
of Malcolm McDowell who played a lead role in Kubrick’s “Clockwork
Orange”. And Malcolm’s face is round and beautiful like it’s been sat on by
the birth of Venus.
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