Tania Franco Klein (b. 1990) began taking pictures whilst studying for a BA in Architecture in Mexico City, before moving to the UK to pursue a Masters at the University of the Arts London. Highly influenced by social behaviour, her poignant works uncover the darker elements of culture, from over-consumption and media over-stimulation to emotional disconnection. This becomes clear in Our Life In The Shadows, a series built upon the American dream gone wrong. Open windows and gas burners glare into rooms lit only by a dystopian sun down, whilst figures look outwards, silently, for solace. Franco Klein notes: “Philosopher Byung-Chul Han once said that we live in an era of exhaustion, caused by an incessant compulsion to perform. We now experience the neuronal era characterised by depression, attention deficit and bipolar disorder. My characters find themselves melting into places – constantly looking for any possibility of escape.” www.taniafrancoklein.com.