Tania Franco Klein, South american dream
The photography of Tania Franco-Klein
The photography of Tania Franco-Klein evokes a sense of tragicomedy worthy. With elaborate sets and scenic colour contrasts, the Mexican photographer constructs enigmatic scenes where existential angst converses with the implied decline of Western society, often with a good dose of satire.
His work is strongly influenced by his attraction to social behaviors and contemporary phenomena such as leisure time, consumption, media overstimulation, emotional disconnection, obsession with eternal youth, the American Dream in the Western world and psychological consequences that these generate in our daily life.
Influenced by the pursuit of the typical American Dream lifestyle and by contemporary phenomena such as free time, consumption, media overstimulation, emotional disconnection, eternal youth and the psychological consequences that these generate in our daily life. The project aims and evokes a feeling of isolation, despair, disappearance and anxiety, through fragmented images, which exist in both imaginary and real ways.
“The philosopher Byung-Chul Han says we live in an era of exhaustion and fatigue, caused by an incessant compulsion to perform; that we have left behind the immunological era, and are now in the neuronal era, where illness is characterized by neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, burnout syndrome and bipolar disorder.”
Her characters find themselves almost anonymous, melting into places, vanishing into them, constantly looking for any possibility of escape. They find themselves alone, desperate and exhausted, constantly walking the line between trying hard and feeling defeated.
Tania Franco Klein (b. 1990) started her photography praxis while gaining her BA Architecture in Mexico City, which took her to pursue her Master in Photography at the University of the Arts London. Franco Klein work has been reviewed and featured by international critique including ARTFORUM, CNN, L.A Times, I-D Magazine, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Aperture Foundation, The British Journal of Photography, and has been commissioned by clients like The New York Times, The New Yorker, FT weekend, New York Magazine, Vogue and Dior. Her work has been exhibited widely both in solo and group shows across Europe, the USA, and Mexico. Including prestigious venues like the Somerset House London, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and Aperture Gallery in NYC. Her latest exhibition Proceed to The Route which showcased a wide selection of her latest two series was presented by ROSEGALLERY and received enthusiastic reviews both in her home city of Mexico (2019) and Los Angeles (2020).
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