Approved: 11.06.2010

Alicja Dobrucka

Artist

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Approved: 11.06.2010

In the several years of work in Poland I developed interests and techniques which I now fine-tune and adapt in several series of works that are staged internationally.

I am interested in topics concerning cultural identity and cultural transfer, where cultures meet, merge and create something new out of such encounters.

I work mainly with photography, but have recently turned my attention to

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Artist Statement

In the several years of work in Poland I developed interests and techniques which I now fine-tune and adapt in several series of works that are staged internationally. I am interested in topics concerning cultural identity and cultural transfer, where cultures meet, merge and create something new out of such encounters. I work mainly with photography, but have recently turned my attention to craft as well. ? I like you, I like you a lot – The photographs of this project are personal work, about family and the experience of death of a 13-year-old brother. Later the project became an investigation of the influence of American culture on Polish identity. I looked at a group of boys from a small town who were inspired by the ideal of the 'hero' soldier propagated by American cinema. To document the loss of my brother through the continuing lives of his friends was also to document a certain loss of Polish identity. As an artist it is very important to me that the work can move and be understood by a variety of people, audiences not only from the fine art world but also those who have no knowledge of critical theory. This project poses questions about vulnerability, youth, motherhood, domesticity and the passage of time. Concrete Mushrooms – This series of photographs is an attempt to document the disappearing mushroom-shaped bunkers constructed all over Albania, the building of which had ubiquitous impact on the landscape and ruined the country’s economy. Now Albania is trying to erase this part of its history, attempting to find a new identity. Many of these structures are being destroyed; others have become part of everyday life in surprising ways. Culture Translated - The project is an experiment. It is a cross-cultural dialogue between traditional forms of folk art and craft from different countries around the world. By giving the same Polish paper cut out of roosters to craftspeople and other makers in a variety of countries I aim to explore modes of intercultural dialogue in the era of capitalism and globalization. Here I see myself as a curator – the works are going to be presented in the form of an ethnographic museum, together with the documentation of the process. Life is on a new high - The project 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. Currently Mumbai is home to the largest number of supertalls and skyscrapers under construction in the World. All the skyscrapers are constructed by international companies, in many instances from Denmark. 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. I am the first photographer to have been granted access to many of these buildings.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - Fine Art Photography, London College of Communication, London 2007 - Erasmus Exchange program, FAMU, Prague Solo exhibitions 2011 - Dystans, The Agency Gallery, London 2011 - I like you, I like you a lot, Tirana Ekspres, Tirana, Albania 2010 - I like you, I like you a lot, Tuzrakter Arts Centre, Kallitas Elott Galeria, Budapest 2007 - The Swimming Pool Series, The Foundry, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Concrete In Common, Albania's Bunker Legacy, Kunst Raum Riechen , Basel 2012 - Culture Translated, Barbican, London 2012 - Subject to Change, Kursaal space, Southend on Sea 2011 - 54th Venice Biennale, The Quaffers Pavilion 'Afternoon Tea', WW Gallery, Venice, Italy 2011 - Instant Coffees, Slideshow, Bristol 2011 - New Contemporaries, ICA, London 2011 - New Contemporaries, Site Gallery, S1 Art Space, Sheffield 2011 - Open Exhibition , Charlie Dutton Gallery, London 2011 - Open Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 2011 - Sortiri Prize, Cultural Centre Lindart Galleria 'Guri Madhi', Pallati i Kultures 'Vangjush Mio', Korce, Albania 2010 - Fresh Faced Wild Eyed, Photographers' Gallery, London 2010 - Homeless Gallery, London Photomonth, London 2010 - I like you, I like you a lot, The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford 2010 - Nature Rewritten, Wieden + Kennedy, London 2010 - UK Young Artists, Quad, Derby 2009 - Homeless Gallery, Shoreditch Town Hall, London 2009 - Ma Fine Art Phtography Final Show, London College of Communication, London 2008 - Eyes Wide Open, The Blue Dog Gallery, Brighton 2007 - Signals 5 Festival, Il Restauro, London Artist talks 2012 - Artis Talk, Rich Mix, London 2010 - I like you, I like you a lot, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton 2010 - I like you, I like you a lot, Slideslam, HOST Gallery, London 2008 - Artist talk, University of Greenwich, London Residencies 2012 - Al Mahatta Gallery Workshop, Al Mahatta Gallery, Ramallah, Palestine 2011 - Asia Art Projects, Studio X, Mumbai 2011 - UK Young Artists , QUAD, Derby, UK Private commissions 2012 - Deutsche Bank Awards, ICA, London 2011 - Portrait Commission , Deutsche Bank, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Bar Tur Award Nomination, Univarsity of the Arts, London 2011 - Sortiri Prize Winner, Lindart Arts Center, Korca, Albania 2010 - Deutsche Bank Fine Art Photography Award and Grant, Saatchi Gallery, London Publications 2012 - Concrete Mushrooms 2012 - NIPHA 2, Manifest Gallery Publication 2011 - HESA in Print, "A Sure Thing / Varmaa Seuraa", Issue 5, Helsinki, Finland 2011 - Hijacked 3, Big City Press Pulication, Uk/Australia 2011 - Hotshoe International Magazine, Artist Feature 2011 - Proposition Invitation Consequence UKYA project 2011 - PropositionInvitationConsequence -UKYA online cat ed. David Eckersley 2010 - 20x20 magazine, issue four ‘Rescue Club’ 2010 - Assembly Journal, Artist Feature, Canada 2010 - Flash Forward 2010 Magenta Foundation, Canada 2010 - Jotta Interview 2010 - SuperMassiveBlackHole, Issue#6, Death and the Ritual, Ireland