17 Jul 2020
Alicja Dobrucka: Life is on a new high in the city of Biel
Unframe artist Alicja Dobrucka takes part in the 19th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in Switzerland. Alicja Dobrucka is exhibiting her photographs from the series Life is on a New High (2013-2015), Dobrucka’s photography of Mumbai.
In this year’s theme of adaptation, Alicja Dobrucka ‘s photographs in this work addresses the issue of the changing landscape and unregulated construction in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. The city is undergoing a massive construction boom. More than fifteen supertalls, hundreds of skyscrapers and thousands of high-rises are under construction.
Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography
Revealing trends in emerging Swiss and international photography, the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography is now in its 19th edition. This is the only annual festival of photography in Switzerland.
‘In their explorations of the remarkable ability of living things to adapt, the invited photographers record how human beings, animals, and even the landscape are transforming themselves in reaction to new conditions. Although, in the 21st century the challenges are mostly human-created. Confronted with entirely new situations, individuals, whether in isolation or as members of a group, seek ways to adapt, or sometimes to resist it.’
Importantly, the work addresses a range of issues. They each offer an insight into the practice of photography today. Consequently, questions are raised about the future of our contemporary societies. The focus of each of the photographic works vary from the intensive resource development to neocolonialism, demographics, economic needs. As well as recent political changes, religion, genetic modification, climate change, new technologies, and ranging to the uses of the medium of photography itself.
The 19th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography runs until Sunday 20th September, 2015.