Mitra Tabrizian, 'Tehran 2006'

Mitra Tabrizian, 'Tehran 2006'

Mitra Tabrizian
Born Tehran, Iran.
Lives London, UK
'Tehran 2006'
2006
Digital c-print
Museum no. E.470-2008

Mitra Tabrizian examines what she calls 'the crisis of contemporary culture in both the West and the East', often expressing social displacement or alienation through disquieting and sometimes staged photographic tableaux. She works with non-professional models, ordinary people who play themselves, and photographs them all at once, without digital manipulation. Here a disparate group of people appear to go about everyday business in a residential area on the outskirts of Tehran. The surroundings suggest a society without a working infrastructure. There are no gardens, street lighting or proper roads. A metaphorical exploration of isolation and exile, this image also reflects a nation with mounting ideological and religious tensions.