Solo show (Tabrizian retrospective) premiering two closely related photographic projects inspired by Baudrillard and focusing on corporate culture: the series Beyond the Limits (8 images of which 5 submitted to RAE 2008), and Silent Majority (1 large composite, combining seven images). Accompanied by publication of Tabrizian’s photographic book (Steidl, 2004). This project includes a body of six works: five images from Beyond The Limits (most combining 2-4 photos) and one large
composite image, Silent Majority (combining seven photos). These were first shown as a completed series at Museum of
Folkwang, Essen, (December 2003), accompanied by Tabrizian’s photographic book featuring essays by Stuart Hall, Homi
Bhabha (Steidl, 2004).
Inspired by Baudrillard and focusing on corporate culture, the project explores the crisis of contemporary culture through
reframing the genre of street photography within a critical perspective. It depicts Baudrillard’s world of simulation and fractal
culture, with people compelled into extremes of indifference and conformity. Set in a dystopic future, ‘Beyond the Limits’
constructs fragments of everyday lives in which something has gone ‘wrong’, referencing Baudrillard’s notion of implosion, the
point where things turn in upon themselves to produce their opposite effect. ‘Silent Majority’ portrays today’s Canary Wharf, the
corporate utopia where nobody can slow down or question where they’re heading.
Work on the ‘Beyond the Limits’ photographic project began in 2000: three images were finished and exhibited in the public
domain before 01.01.01 (see portfolio for the three images in Futures Vol 32, No 5, 2000). These images are excluded from this
submission. Selected images were published in numerous photography journals, including Next Level, no 5 (2004:108-112);
Tank (November 2001); also cited in books including ‘Different’ eds. Stuart Hall and Mark Sealy (Phaidon, 2001). Extensive
reviews include German and Spanish journals, newspapers, radio. The Essen show led to Tabrizian’s later invitation as keynote
speaker at ‘Digital Image Processing’ conference, Museum of Folkwang, (12.11.04). Two pieces were purchased by Museum of
Folkwang; another by Sparkasse collection, (Germany).
Partially sponsored by Metro Imaging (c£12,000 post production). Tabrizian collaborated with Andy Golding, who supervised
|Place of publication||London, UK|
|Output media||Photographic book|