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Tehran, 2006

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    tehran (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tabrizian, Mitra (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    LightJet Océ print

  • Museum number:

    E.470-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Iranian-British photographer and film director Mitra Tabrizian’s work centres on issues of cultural identity and segregation, often with a clear political angle. She combines documentary techniques with those of film in elaborate photographic tableux, with the intention of highlighting the ideological mechanisms that constantly feed us with ideals, hierarchies and dreams. She focuses on depictions of everyday, seemingly trivial events in realistic settings. Yet the works can be read allegorically, commenting upon situations of personal and political tension within society.

The panoramic photograph, Tehran 2006, shows a modern but run down residential area on the outskirts of the gigantic capital. The surroundings betray a society lacking a working infrastructure, without gardens, street lighting and proper roads. A disparate group of people move about carrying out everyday business. Two ayatollahs overlook everything from an enormous propaganda poster on a hoarding, the form and scale of which is echoed by the photograph. Thus the significant size of the image is relevant to its message and visual impact. The image was staged using locals who were invited to participate. A setting was chosen and used without any significant alterations or digital manipulation. However, in the midst of the dusty suburban commonplace, the evasive looks and sense of reverie create an overall surreal effect. Moreover, through its metaphorical exploration of states of isolation and exile, it reflects a nation where ideological and religious tensions are mounting.

Physical description

Panoramic C-type colour print mounted on aluminium and in a perspex box-frame. The image shows a modern but run down residential area on the outskirts of the gigantic capital. The surroundings betray a society lacking a working infrastructure, without gardens, street lighting and proper roads. A disparate group of people move about carrying out everyday business. Two ayatollahs overlook everything from an enormous propaganda poster on a hoarding, the form and scale of which is echoed by the photograph.

Place of Origin

tehran (made)

Date

2006 (made)

Artist/maker

Tabrizian, Mitra (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

LightJet Océ print

Dimensions

Height: 101 cm, Length: 302 cm, Height: 102 cm perspex box frame, Width: 303 cm perspex box frame, Depth: 5 cm perspex box frame

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'Tehran 2006', digital c-type print, by Mitra Tabrizian, Iran, 2006

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Light from the Middle East: New Photography
Published in V&A Publications/Thames and Hudson 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' 2018, by Marta Weiss

Book caption: Tabrizian engages non-professional models to play themselves in carefully staged scenes. She photographs them all at once, without digital manipulation. Here a disparate group of citizens appear to go about their everyday business in a residential area on the outskirts of Tehran. A metaphorical exploration of isolation and exile, the image also reflects a nation with mounting ideological and religious tensions.

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)

Tabrizian engages non-professional models to play themselves in carefully staged scenes. She photographs them all at once, without digital manipulation. Here a disparate group of citizens appear to go about their everyday business in a residential area on the outskirts of Tehran. A metaphorical exploration of isolation and exile, the image also reflects a nation with mounting ideological and religious tensions.

Marta Weiss []
Tabrizian records scenes that she carefully stages. 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.

(Marta Weiss) [September 2012]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

C-type colour photography; Digital imaging

Categories

Photographs; Making It Up: Photographic Fictions

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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