Tania Franco Klein

Mexico City, 1990.
Lives and works in Mexico City.

Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Locked Rooms (Self-portrait)

2016
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

70 x 105 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Contained (Self-portrait)

2016
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Barren Land (Self-portrait)

2017
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Empty rooms

2016
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
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105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Morning Ritual

2016
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
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105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Positive Disintegration (Self-portrait)

2017
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
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105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Our Life in the Shadows: Toaster (Self-portrait)

2016
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
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105 x 70 cm

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017). Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

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Tania Franco Klein

Pest Control: Railway TH 332

2015
Ed. 6 + 2 A.P.
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160 x 106 cm

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Pest Control (2015) El sociólogo francés Marc Augé acuñó en la década de los noventa el concepto de “no lugar” para definir aquellos espacios carentes de identidad en los que la comunicación se daba de manera más artificial. Se trataba de espacios como hoteles, aeropuertos, restaurantes que, en su condición de transitorios o efímeros, no podían considerarse “lugares”. Partiendo de esta idea y utilizando de forma satírica el miedo y la histeria colectivos, la autora realiza una representación ficcional de una ciudad plagada de pinchos anti-palomas. Con esta metáfora Franco Klein nos acerca a las relaciones fracturadas de la actualidad y a la repulsión generada por los medios hacia todo cuanto parece diferente en términos de ideología, etnia, religión o cualquier otro factor que puede amenazar nuestro “pacífico” modo de vida. Pest Control busca ser el reflejo de una soledad y contradicción propias de nuestros días como parte de la sociedad del espectáculo y logra representar visualmente la relación surrealista (o la falta de ella) entre los individuos, los espacios públicos y los nombrados no-lugares.

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Tania Franco Klein

Mexico City, 1990.
Lives and works in Mexico City.

Tania started her photography praxis while studying architecture at Centro university in Mexico City, and studied Masters in Photography at University of the Arts of London. Considered a true young talent in the art of photography, Franco-Klein work has been internationally reviewed by specialized critique and mass media including Aperture Foundation (NY); The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, i-D and Vice (UK); The Best of Photo VOGUE (IT), Fisheye (France) and Der Grief (Germany) amongst many others.

ALMANAQUE has shown her work at Photo Basel (SW); San Francisco PhotoFair, where she was also included in the Insights exhibition; Zona Maco Photo with a dedicated solo show; Material Art Fair and currently in Photo London. Her work as been on view at The Los Angeles Month of Photography 2017, The Lensculture Exposure Awards and Lucie Foundation (USA), Les Rencontres d'Arles de la Photographie in France, London, Madrid, Berlin, Budapest and New York amongst many other exhibitions.

She holds the Sony World Photography Awards (2017), the Neutral Density Photography Awards and is The Felix Schoeller Photo Award of Germany Nominee. Franco-Klein was appointed Member of the National System of Young Creators of Mexico, one of the highest recognitions given by the Mexican Ministry of Culture

Through the use of staged photography, influenced by her early documentary photography practice and architectural studies background, Tania Franco-Klein generates images that seems to exist both in a fictional and real way. Her narrative carries an ambiguity which encourages the viewer to apply their own story and interpretation, and hopefully, something about our modern-day dual identities.

 

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Our Life in the Shadows (2016-2017).  Staged photographs meticulously elaborated for the camera result in intense images revealing an obsessive treatment of color, as the language to evoke a sense of mystery and evanescence that runs between lethargy and vigil. Her characters, entrancing yet exhausted, seem to be in an odd line between defeat and hope.

“In his book, The Burnout Society (Stanford University Press, 2012), the philosopher Byung-Chul Han explores this, and the idea that the overload of modern technology and the “culture of convenience” are catalysts for depression and various personality disorders.

Franco Klein places this contradiction at the centre of her ongoing autobiographical project,, which also explores the pursuit of the American Dream and facets of perfection. -We have these compulsions to perform and we live in a society of achievement and positivity that has led to a constant fatigue,- she says.

The need to escape from media overstimulation is seen through the eyes of fictional female characters placed in vulnerable positions, shot in different rooms of a 1970’s-style house. They smoke cigarettes, stare at the television and lie on the floor. Some were cast from the street, with Franco Klein particularly looking for individuals -trying to be invisible and avoid any attention from the crowd-, but most are self-modelled. Her clever use of bold, dramatic colour blocking, which engulfs each image in a separate tone, serves as a contrast to their introverted behaviour.

The photographer pays meticulous attention to the spaces used as backdrops for the sensitivity she seeks to communicate. She finds specific rooms and locations by knocking on neighbours’ doors, and constructs her own sets and props – often entirely from scratch. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that she came to photography through architecture, which she studied in Mexico before moving to London to do an MA in fashion photography at the University of the Arts London in 2014.

Crucially, although relatable, her narrative carries an ambiguity, which encourages the viewer to apply their own story and interpretation, and hopefully think about our modern-day dual identities. -We are always trying to create identities with social media to express the good part of ourselves, as if there is some kind of shame in knowing what we are on the other side... because we feel that we have failed in what we are supposed to be-.”                                            

Extract from the British Journal of Photography. Issue 7859. May 2017. p. 27. Aptitude Media Limited. UK

 

Pest Control (2015) Pest Control is a series of images that metaphorically represent the spectacle of contemporary society. The metaphor of the pest is rooted in human beings’ existing obsession to avoid pigeons, animals that are deemed as plagues to public spaces. The anti-pigeon spikes that adorn the most surrealistic places of the biggest cities of the Western world, both literally and figuratively invade the people and the masses of this photographic series. The main aim of this project is to observe and explore contemporary social behaviour in a public context, so as to visually represent the surreal relationship, or lack of relationship, between individuals in public spaces and what are understood as “non-places” (Augé, 1995). These particular types of spaces – airports, leisure parks, train stations, waiting rooms, hotel chains, motorway routes, supermarkets, cash machines, means of transport, malls, phone booths, cable and wireless networks—exist as a result of the constant isolation; the ephemeral and the transitory.  Though the simple existence of these spaces have certain ends, their overall structure operates as spaces that belong to nobody, a ‘no man’s land’. Therefore, the social tissue that binds them together is broken. This series as a whole reflects the solitude and contradiction that belong to the everyday life as part of the society of the spectacle. As a result of increased hysteria in the reality of Pest Control, the spikes that once belonged only to the urban constructions of the non-places now take over the whole city and, subsequently, the people and things within it. The clothes, bags, interiors, televisions, radios, cars and hats all become an expression of society’s collective fear towards the birds and the mere existence of society itself. This exaggerated use of spikes emphasizes the separation and tension between the parts in the crowds. They also exist as a visual mediator and a reflection of the fractured relationships that exist within society.

DATE

EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

LOCATION

2018
Winner - Artproof Schliemann Award 2018
Photo London, UK
2018
Solo show (upcoming)
Photometría Festival, Grece
2018
Borrador de un cuerpo intervenido - Group show
ArtexArte, Buenos Aires (upcoming)
2018
ALMANAQUE Booth - Group show
PhotoLondon, London
2018
Artist feature
I-D Mexico
2018
Best of Photofairs SF
The Guardian
2018
Artist Feature
IGNANT
2018
ALMANAQUE Booth and INSIGHT Section - Group show
PhotoFairs San Francisco
2018
ALMANAQUE Booth - Group show
Material Art Fair, Mexico City
2018
Artist spotlight and artist blog
Der Greif, GE
2017
Interview
World Photo Organisation, UK
2017
Felix Schoeller Photo Award - Nominee
Museum of Cultural History Osnabrück, GE
2017
FONCA Jóvenes Creadores Scholarship
Mexico
2017
Viva Contemporary Latin American Art - Group show
Shull private collection, Ashville.
2017
The best of LensCulture Book
Steidl Publishers
2017
Aesthetica Magazine
Issue 80 (printed), UK
2017
Project featured (printed)
Zoom Magazine, IT.
2017
Getxophoto – Tania Franco Klein, Pest Control
L'oeil de la photographie, Magazine, Fr.
2017
Getxo Photo Festival
Getxo, Spain
2017
ALMANAQUE Booth - Positive Disintegration - Solo show
Zona Maco Foto, Mexico City
2017
#BORNTHESAME, Slideluck Editorial
Les Rencontres d'Arles
2017
ALMANAQUE Booth - Group show
PhotoBasel Fair, Basel, SW.
2017
Vanitas Spectacle - Duo show with Dorine Potel.
ALMANAQUE, Mexico City
2017
Female Gaze Issue: "Our Life in the Shadows"
British Journal of Photography
2017
Portfolio Publication
Fisheye magazine, Fr
2017
Exhibition: Vitamina A (Org. Centro de la imagen)
Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City
2017
Sony Photography Awards, National Award winner
London, UK
2017
Lensculture - Exposure Awards
Online magazine + International Festivals
2017
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition (Longlisted)
York, UK
2017
Lucie Foundation: Month of Photography
Los Angeles, US
2017
Dab Art, International Exhibition
Los Angeles, US
2017
Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Book
Aesthetica Magazine, UK
2017
Exhibition: Good Bookeh book, Dab Art + Permanent Collection
LACMA, Los Angeles, US
2017
Life Framer, Holding Still Life, Editors pick
London, UK
2016
ND Awards, Self-portrait Honorable Mention
Inter.
2016
"Tania Franco Klein Homage to William Eggleston" by Chris Boot
Aperture Foundation, US
2016
#ApertureDearBill, Winner
Aperture Foundation, US
2016
Green Exhibition
Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, US
2016
Exhibition: Stories + Honorable mention
Gallery PH21, Budapest
2016
I-D Mag "Fresh new talent at the LCF"
London College of Fashion, UK
2016
Exhibition: MA Fashion Photography final show
Victoria House Basement, London, UK
2015
Unmasking the media: Tania Franco Klein
Pigeons & Peacocks Magazine, UK
2015
The Everyday and the Epic - Group show
Print House Gallery, London, tour copenhague