Life Is On A New High In The City Of Biel
01 sep 2015 by art:i:curate team
Fit in this year's theme of adaptation, Alicja's photographic work aims to address the issue of the changing landscape and unregulated construction in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. The city is undergoing a massive construction boom, with more than fifteen supertalls, hundreds of skyscrapers and thousands of high-rises under construction.
Revealing trends in emerging Swiss and international photography the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography now in its 19th edition 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. In the 21st century, the challenges are mainly created by humans themselves. Confronted with entirely new situations, individuals, whether in isolation or as members of a group, seek ways to adapt, or sometimes to resist it.'
The range of issues addressed by the selected works offer a panorama of the practice of photography today. Raising questions about the future of our contemporary societies the focus of each of the photographic works vary from the intensive resource development, neocolonialism, demographics, economic needs, recent political changes, religion, genetic modification, climate change, new technologies, to the uses of the medium of photography itself.
Participating photographers: Laurence Bonvin, Jeanne Chevalier, Alicja Dobrucka, Lucas Foglia, Richard Gilligan, Sabrina Gruhne, Maia Gusberti, Yann Haeberlin, Kerstin Hamilton, Tamara Janes, Sasha Kurmaz, David Magnusson, Yoshinori Mizutani, Pierre Montavon, Henning Rogge, Anna Katharina Scheidegger, Baptiste Schmitt, Ulrike Schmitz, Joël Tettamanti, Robert Zhao Renhui, Schule für Gestaltung Bern und Biel/Ecole d'Arts Visuels Berne et Bienne
The 19th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography will run until Sunday 20th September, 2015.
Alicja Dobrucka, Stay green with envy, from the series 'Life is on a New High' (2013 – 2015), c-type print, edition of 3, 152 x 122 cm.
All images courtesy of the artist.