Leicestershire, Mitra Tabrizien, 2012
14 September to 27 October
Mitra Tabrizian is an internationally renowned photographer whose work first came to public attention in the early nineties. Her work has a long standing interest in the intermingling of personal stories and historical narratives. This reflects the artist’s own heritage. She grew up in Iran during the 1960s and ‘70s but then left for the United Kingdom shortly before the revolution in 1979.
This exhibition of large scale photographs by Mitra Tabrizian portrays the post-industrial landscape of the Leicester and Leicestershire. In these works the monumental, derelict sites are populated occasionally by the migrant workers whom relocated to the city for employment in them.
This set of photographs is the last made by Tabrizian before focussing on film making since 2012. Her first full length feature film Gholam was released in 2017 to international acclaim. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and recently exhibited in the Iranian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2015, as well as The Andy Warhol Museum, New York and the National Gallery for Modern Art, Queensland.
These photographs have been shown before in London, Toronto and New York, but this is the first time they will be seen in the county they portray.