Mirror (Self Portrait) from the series Proceed to the Route
This work is part of a series, Proceed to the Route, inspired by an experience the artist had while driving in the desert. Her digital navigation unit began repeating itself due to an Internet connectivity issue. The guide's mantra became the title of the series, evoking the preplanned steps on the ladder of success that refuse any detours or deviations.
Tania Franco Klein is influenced by the lifestyle that comes with pursuing the American Dream—comprised of leisure and media overstimulation, as well as an obsession with consumption and eternal youth. Her work explores the psychological effect these behaviors have on our everyday private life. When speaking of her work, Klein frequently references Byung-Chul Han. The philosopher conceives of the contemporary moment as an era of exhaustion and fatigue, caused by an incessant compulsion to perform.
Tania Franco Klein’s photography draws from her fascination with social behaviors from leisure to consumption. She depicts anonymous and lonely figures desperately seeking an opportunity to vanish or escape. Klein’s fragmented images, simultaneously fictional and real, explore emotional disconnection and media overstimulation in an era of exhaustion and fatigue.