Exhibition Mumbai Suburbia: Urban Environment in Crisis


Fri, 05.10.2018 -
Thu, 22.11.2018

Gallery MMB

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda
400001 Mumbai

A solo by Peter Bialobrzeski

Preview: October 4, 6.30 pm

Mumbai’s Suburbia counts as one of the largest urban sprawls on the planet. Everyday 700 new vehicles are registered, everyday 500 families move into the megalopolis. The majority of these house themselves in slums. While in the west the term suburbia is synonymous with boring leafy streets, in Mumbai it is an almost dystopian environment littered with garbage, suffocated in fumes. The overpopulated streets are lined with an eclectic mix of derelict buildings, high rises, slums and huge billboards. The population density is 22000 per square kilometer. The photographs of this series have been taken in October, November and December 2017.

Peter Bialobrzeski studied Politics and Sociology before he became a photographer for a local paper in his native Wolfsburg/Germany. He travelled extensively in Asia before he went to study photography and design at the Folkwangschule Essen and the London College of Printing. Within the last 16 years he has published sixteen monographic books, "XXXholy", "NEONTIGERS", "HEIMAT", "Lost in Transition" , "Paradise Now", "Case Study Homes", "Informal Arrangements", "The Raw and the Cooked", „Nail Houses“, „Cairo Diary“ , „Athens Diary“, „Wolfsburg Diary“, „Taipei Diary“, „Kochi Diary“ and recently „Die zweite Heimat“ as well as “Beirut Diary”.

His work has been exhibited in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and Australia. He won several awards including the prestigious World Press Photo Award 2003 and 2010. In 2012 he was honored with the Dr. Erich Salomon Award by the German Society of Photographers (DGPh).

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