Alicja Dobrucka

Why can’t we ask for more?, 2013

C-type print

122 x 152 cm

Edition of 3 + 2 APs, number 1/3


Alicja Dobrucka’s photography series of architectural structures highlights the construction boom in Mumbai. With this project, she above all aims to address the issue of the changing landscape and unregulated construction in the financial capital of India. The city is undergoing a massive construction boom, with more than fifteen supertalls. Equally, hundreds of skyscrapers and thousands of high-rises are under construction. Similarly, currently Mumbai is home to the largest number of skyscrapers under construction in the World.

Yet the architecture stands at odds with the inherent culture of the city. For instance, all the skyscrapers are constructed by international companies, in many instances from Denmark. Furthermore, the architecture of the new risers has no relation to the Indian cityscape – European architecture is being transplanted to India, transforming this country in the process.

Most of the buildings are built for private residences. ‘Antilia’ is one of the taller towers. It’s 27 floors accommodate a family of four and 200 people they employ.