Mitra Tabrizian, ‘Leicestershire’, 2012, ARTE GLOBALE

In her ‘Leicestershire’ (2012) series, Mitra Tabrizian subverts the methods of historical documentation to create a tribute to the forgotten citizens who once helped build the factories in Leicester, one of the most important industrial areas for textile and shoe manufacturing in post-World War II England. As manufacturing has gradually shifted to other countries and the UK now imports most of its goods, the factories in the county of Leicestershire now stand derelict and abandoned, and are either being demolished or fall into the hands of developers. Mitra Tabrizian uses the imagery of these monumental ruins to tell the story of the communities of immigrants that once built them and worked in them, but now remain jobless and in a kind of social and economical limbo. Touching upon the issues of exile and abandonment in the heart of one of the world’s most developed countries, the ‘Leicestershire’ series focuses on the life and fate of society’s marginal and unseen minorities, a theme that is recurrent in the photographer’s work. Arte Globale presents the large prints from the series, that poignantly captures the bleak emotion and stillness of Leicestershire factory ruins.

About Mitra Tabrizian

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.

Iranian, Tehran, Iran, based in London, United Kingdom