London-based photographer Kim Thue’s Dead Traffic is a beautiful yet grim series on Big Wharf, the largest slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thue originally went to the politically-fraught region to document daily life at a charity hospital but found it difficult to create work that went beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. In search of broader photographic opportunities, he ventured into Freetown and ended up in Big Wharf. Many of the residents of Big Wharf had first come to the city in search of better opportunities and, not finding them, ended up in an area ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and addiction.
Wake up everyday to a spectacular view of the blue sky romancing the sea. Come home to beachside joys.
Polish, London-based photographer Alicja Dobrucka documents the changing landscape in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, in her recent series Life is on a New High. Dobrucka takes a close look at the city’s construction boom and the 15 “supertalls” (buildings over 980 feet), the hundreds of skyscrapers, and thousands of high-rise buildings currently being built. Already, there are over 2,500 high-rises in the city. Dobrucka explores the contrast between these monster, luxury structures (of which most are residential) and the slums that surround them. To drive this irony further home, she cleverly pairs her photos with real ad slogans attempting to lure Mumbai’s newly rich or up-and-coming middle class to these properties.
Work from this series is included in the group exhibition Restate at London’s Art:I:Curate through April 17, 2014.