Tania Franco Klein (b. 1990) is a Mexican photographer. Her career started while studying a BA Architecture in Mexico; which took her to pursue her Masters in Photography at University of the Arts London. Her work is highly influenced by her fascination with social behavior and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, eternal youth, the American dream in the Western world, and the psychological sequels they generate in our everyday private life.
Her work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Fisheye Magazine, LensCulture, Aperture Foundation and exhibited in London, Budapest, New York, Mexico, Vermont and Los Angeles.
‘Our Life in the Shadows is influenced by the pursuit of the American Dream and contemporary practices including leisure, consumption, over-stimulation, and eternal youth. The series is particularly interested in the psychological responses these generate in our everyday private lives. The project seeks to evoke a mood of isolation, desperation, vanishing, and anxiety through fragmented images that seem to exist in a simultaneously fictional and real world.
Philosopher Byung-Chul Han says we live in an era of exhaustion and fatigue caused by our incessant compulsion to perform. We have left behind the immunological era and are now experiencing the neuronal era, an age characterized by neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, burnout syndrome and bipolar disorder.
My characters are anonymous, almost melting into places, vanishing, constantly looking for any possibility of escape. They find themselves alone, desperate and exhausted. They are constantly teetering on the line between trying and feeling defeated.’ – Tania Franco Klein