Joe Habben (Joint Third Prize), Hanging in the Balance

Joe Habben (Joint Third Prize), Hanging in the Balance

120mm Photographic Film, Mamiya 645, 80mm lens, 2020

Joe’s practice explores the tender balance between urban inhabitants and the environment, investigating and questioning our relationship with the natural world. He works to convey opposing themes such as familiarity/unfamiliarity, stillness/movement and harmony/disparity. Joe has been documenting the events and effects of the ‘Acqua Alta’ (high-water) that transpires annually in the city of Venice, Italy. Tidal activity is a natural occurrence that in recent decades has been aggravated by the effects of human activity, including mass-tourism, global warming, urban expansion and industrialisation. Joe Habben is a photographer, filmmaker and artist based between Glasgow and Brighton, UK. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in Communication Design: Photography.

Instagram: @joe.habben


27 September 2021


Art Prize Shortlist 2021