The Sozzani Foundation presents the exhibition “ The Witness, Climate Change ” in September with a reportage of about twenty large-format images by Max Vadukul entirely dedicated to the environment and the effects of climate change. Vadukul documented between 2018 and 2020 in Mumbai and other Indian metropolises, some of the most polluted areas in the world with a hypnotic and inspiring gaze, which speaks the truth and asks questions.
The first thing you notice in the images of The Witness - Climate Change is a large shiny metallic sphere. This monolith floats above toxic landfills, hovers over expanses of waste, flies through the frenetic and polluting traffic. What exactly is this intruder? For Vadukul he is a kind of cosmic observer, a witness who observes the devastating impact of man on the environment and the effects of climate change. At the same time, perhaps the sphere represents a new future and an opportunity for improvement.
Max Vadukul is one of the very few photographers of his generation to continue the tradition of reportage art photography. His projects are often linked to naturalistic and cultural aspects that are open to reading on multiple levels. His images, perfect in terms of formal creativity and technical ability, are always visually structured as an element of mediation between the identification of a narrative theme and his very personal creative language.