Biography

Photographer and filmmaker Mitra Tabrizian was born in Tehran, Iran, lives and works in London. She studied at the Polytechnic of Central London in the 1980s. Much of her photography serves to critique corporate culture, and draws inspiration from the work of Jean Baudrillard and Jean-Francois Lyotard.

London’s urban landscape is a key feature in Tabrizian’s work; she also seeks to contrast the corporate affluence of the city with more industrial towns. She frequently explores themes of migration, nomadism, and the concept of ‘homeland.’ Tabrizian’s visually elegant photographs address universal struggles – unemployment, urbanization, financial collapse – but the individuals in her work adds an element of emotionally evocative fictional narrative. 

Tabrizian has exhibited widely in major international museums and galleries, including solo exhibitions at – among others – the Tate Britain in 2008, the Museum of Folkwang in Germany in 2003, and the Moderna Mussset in Stockholm in 2006. She has published a variety of books, including Correct Distance (Corner House Publications) with an introduction by Griselda Pollock; Beyond the Limits (Steidl 2004) with an introduction by Stuart Hall; and Another Country (Hatje Cantz, 2012) with a forward by Homi Bhabha. Her works are represented in major public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art; and Musee d'Art Moderne, Luxembourg. She has received several film and photographic awards awards, including the AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board) Innovation Award for her film The Predator (28-minute film, 35 mm print, 2004). And the Royal Academy ‘Rose Award for Photography', 2013.