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Alicja Dobrucka

Country(activity based):
United Kingdom
Genre:
Visual Art

Profile

Born in 1985. Graduated from MA Fine Art Photography, LCC, London in 2011.
Recent 5 main activities are

Solo Exhibitions 2016
I like you, I like you a lot and Scenery, Miejsce Projektow Zachety, Warsaw, Poland, cur. Magda Kardasz
Houses, Rodriguez Gallery, Poznan, Poland

Awards 2016
NIPHA3, 3rd Award, Ohio, USA

Group Exhibitions 2016
Aires Libres, Montreal, Canada, cur. Aseman Sabet
Mulhouse Biennale of Photography, Hombourg, France, cur. Anne Immele

The year 2016 is involving a lot of traveling and 11 exhibitions (2 solo in Poland).
This year I have worked at a residency in Meduse (VU Photography) in Quebec City as well as in Mumbai with 'What About Art?'
The current exhibition at Miejsce Projektow Zachety (non for profit space in Warsaw) in Poland presents two of my series - 'I like you, I like you a lot', most personal of my projects on which I have been working since 2008, when my 13-year old brother drowned. The show includes 22 images form this series and is the biggest, most comprehensive exhibition of this work so far.
I have also received the received the 3rd award NIPHA, Ohio for my Bombay series 'Life is on a New High'.

About works / performance

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Comment

My research addresses architecture, food and photography through the pictorial genre of the urban landscape and the still life. We will develop a new body of work that is directly informed by the visual specificity of this city. We will study the everyday rituals of the production and consumption of food in a densly populated metropolis, with its expansive foodhalls and the world biggest fish market. This residency will also provide an opportunity to test historically specific works: In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki (1933); Roland Barthes' Empire of Signs (1970). We will appraise the relevance of their ideas for today. Japanese food, Tanizaki tells us, is 'a cuisine to be looked at rather than eaten'. 'Our cooking depends upon shadows and is inseparable from darkness'. The shadow is the common ground that defines food, photography and architecture. Barthes considers food in Japan as a collection of fragments. He compares it with calligraphy. The meal has no center, just as the city of Tokyo, he tells us. The residency will enable us to articulate new knowledge about looking and eating as sense impressions that inform our thinking. It will help us to expand and challenge the still life and urban landscape as genres to apprehend contemporary Tokyo as a series of new pictorial representations.
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