ARTISTS Mitra Tabrizian

Leceistershire V, 2012
C-type print
121 x 250 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Leceistershire I, 2012
C-type print
122 x 155 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Leceistershire II, 2012
C-type print
122 x 155 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Leceistershire III, 2012
C-type print
122 x 155 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Leceistershire IV, 2012
C-type print
122 x 155 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
Untitled, 2009
C-type print
107 x 308 cm
From the series Another Country, 2010
C-type print
165 x 125 cm
From the series Another Country, 2010
C-type print
200 x 125 cm

Mitra Tabrizian’s monumental photographs explore contemporary social and political issues in her native Iran as well as her current home, Britain, offering distilled critiques of capitalism and immigration, among other themes, as well as evoking larger narratives. An eerie stillness and sense of alienation pervade many of her photographs: in City, London 2008 (2008), suited employees stand, in panoramic view, in the lobby of a bank; they stare blankly in different directions, suggesting the detachment that connects these workers with the larger currents underlying corporate culture. Although she depicts ordinary individuals in everyday settings, Tabrizian stages her scenes, creating cinematic tableaux that tread a line between fiction and reality. She also produces films, and has drawn influence from New Wave Iranian cinema.

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Press articles


Artist's Exhibitions

Artist's News


Selected articles available to download

Guardian G2, interview with Sarah Phillips , October 2012

Articles & Photo-Essays


Tehran 2006 in ‘C International Photo Art Magazine’, Issue no 7
Border (on Iranians in exile), in Iranian Photography Now, Rose Issa (ed), Hatje Cantz Verlag
Naked City, in Horizons, Elena Foster and Antonio Sanz (eds) Ivory Press (Nov.)


Border (on Iranians in exile) newformations, N 62,
Interviewed by Hamid Naficy in An Accented Cinema: Exile and Diasporic Film making, Hamid Naficy, Princeton U Press


‘Beyond the Limits’ in the following books & journals: Different: a historical context Stuart Hall & Mark Sealy (eds), Phaidon Press
‘Futures: the journal of policy, planning & futures studies’ Ziauddin Sardar (ed)
‘Art’, German magazine, N11, 2001


Minimal Utopia (photo essay) in the following books & journals:
Formation of Present (translation), Hubertus Von Amelunxen & Antje, Krause-Wahl (eds), Muthesius Hochschule
The Third Text, Rasheed Araeen (ed), Routlege, london
Photographers International’, Juan I-Jong (ed), Taiwan
Camera Austria, N 62 / 63


‘The Blues’ in ‘Det Finns Granser’ (‘There Exist Borders’: translation from Swedish),Wiwi Samuelsson

1995- 98

Surveillance (photo essay) in the following journals & books:
The Politics Behind the Nude (translation), a book by Michiko Kasahara
Liberating Art History (translation), Hiroko Hagiwar (Ed), Jijitsushn – sha,Tokyo –
The paper was initially published in New Formations, N 6 – 1990 & reprinted in Camera Austria, N 49


‘The Black As Such: Race & Representation’, Camera Austria, N 40 – reprinted in ‘Public Domain’ (translation),
Jorge Ribalta (Ed) Departament de Cultura, Barcelona, 1994


‘The Blues ‘, New Formations, N 6


‘Correct Distance: On the Femme Fatale’, Block, N 10
‘Governmentality: On the Discourse of Advertising’, Screen
‘College of Fashion’ (photo-essay), Screen Education, N 4


Born in Tehran Iran
Lives and works in London

Selected Exhibitions


Safar/Voyage, MOA, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. April- Sept 2013


Solo show, Another Country, The Wapping Project Bankside, London
Light from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum (group exhibition)


Solo show, Project B, Contemporary Art , Milan
Solo show, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, N.Y.


21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
Play list, Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden
International Festival of photography, Fotojatka, Prague, Czech Republic traveling to Budweis, Brno and other cities
‘In and out’, Project B, Contemporary Art, Milan
‘Iranian Pulse’, Museu Nacional, (National Museum), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Solo show, Albion gallery, London
Theatre of the Real, Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
Translation/Tarjama, Queens Museum of Art, N.Y.
The End: Analyzing Art in Troubled Times, Andy Warhol Museum N.Y.
Iran, inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, N.Y. traveling to DePaul University Museum, Chicago.


Solo show, Tate Britain, London
‘Street and Studio: An Urban History of Photography’, Tate Modern, London traveling to Museum of Folkwang


C International Photo, Phillips de Pury, N.Y.
Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland and Wall House Foundation
FotoArtFestival, Poland


Solo show, Moderna Mussset (Museum of Modern art) Stockholm, Sweden
10th Venice Biennale of architecture, Italian Pavilion Giardini di Castello, Italy
‘Voodoo Macbeth: a tribute to the work of Orson Welles’, De la Warr Pavilion
Contemporary Iranian photography, The House of Artists, Tehran, Iran


‘Safe: an exhibition of contemporary art’, Karlskrona Art Gallery & Blekinge Museum, Sweden (catalogue – poster)
‘In the Shadow of Fallen Heroes’, Central Asian Biennale in Kyrgyzstan (catalogue)


Solo Show, BBK, Bilbao, Spain – (catalogue)
Solo show , Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Far Near Distance – `New Positions of Contemporary Iranian Artists’, the House of
World Cultures Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
‘Veil’, The Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (catalogue )
‘Lumo 04 triennaial of Contemporary Photography’, Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland (catalogue –poster- T shirt)


Solo show, Museum of Folkwang, Germany (catalogue)
‘Aletheia: The Real of concealment ‘, Art Museum, Goteborg, Sweden (catalogue – poster)
‘Veil’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (touring)


‘Inhabiting’, Gallery Lelong , NY. USA


London: Post-Colonial City’, Architectural Association, London, UK


Minimal Utopia (Solo show), Camera Austria Gallery, Graz, Austria (poster)
‘Gender- Beyond Memory’, Metropolitan Museum of Photography’, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
‘Family, Nation, Tribe, Community Shift’, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)


‘The Outburst of Signs: Art at the Interfaces of Gender & Race’, Kunstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrabe, Munich, Germany (catalogue)


‘Le Shuttle’, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
‘Public Domain’, Art Centre Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
Solo show, Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (touring in Finland)
Solo show, ‘Gallery Index: Centre of Photography’, Stockholm, Sweden (touring in Sweden)

Selected Publications


Another Country (preface by Homi Bhabha), Hatje Cantz, 2012
This is That Place, (with an introduction by TJ Demos) Tate Catalogue, 2008
Beyond the limits the Limits (with an introduction by Stuart Hall), Steidl, 2004
Correct Distance (with an introduction by Griselda Pollock) Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, 1990


A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography, Jocelyn Phillips, Sotheby’s, 2010
Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world and Iran ‘, Saeb Eigner, Merrell Publishers 2010
Different, Sames: new perspective in contemporary Iranian art, ed Hossein Amirsadeghi, Trans Globe Publishing Ltd 2009
Iranian Photography Now, ed Rose Issa, Hatje Cantz, 2008 book cover for Saubere Verhältnisse a novel by the Swedish author Marie Hermanson published by Suhrkamp Verlag (2005)
Art & Feminism, Helena Reckitt (ed), Phaidon Press (Oct.) This book is part of a series entitled ’20th Century Source Books'(2000)
Terra Infirma – Geography’s Visual Culture, Irit Rogoff, Routledge (2000)
The Image & Visual Culture, Jessica Evans (ed), Open University (1999)
The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography & the Everyday, John Roberts , MUP 1998
Visual and Other Pleasures, Laura Mulvey, Macmillan,1987
‘Post-Modernism & the Question of Identity’, ICA Documents, N 6,
Vision and Difference, Griselda Pollock, Routledge 1988
Female Desire, Rosalind Coward
Photography Politics: Two, – Patricia Holland, Jo Spence and Simon Watney (ed), Comedia Publishing Group,


National Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Musée d’Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art), Luxembourg
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Moderna Mussset (Museum of Modern art) Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Zoroastrian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
Sparkasse Essen, Germany
Stichting Fotografie Noorderlicht, Netherlands
The Arts Council of Great Britain
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland
And various major private collections



Arts & Humanities Research Center (AHRC) Research Leave Grant
The Arts Council, UK


Arts & Humanities Research Center (AHRC) Grants in the Creative & Performing Arts
The Arts Council, UK


Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Innovation Awards


London Arts Board


British Film Institute


Greater London Arts (GLA), film award
British Film Institute
Photographers’ Gallery Trust Fund


Metro Billboard Project, Newcastle, UK
Greater London Arts, photography award


National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, photography award UK
Greater London Arts, photography award
Arts Council photography award, UK