New Delhi: If you happen to land at Mandi House Metro station of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, do not forget to view an interesting photo exhibition depicting Life of Waste Workers across the Globe. The photographs are clicked by six French photographers depicting life of waste workers. There are a total of forty-two photographs on display at Mandi House Metro Station.
The show titled as “The City of Waste” is part of a larger project “Urban Societies and Waste” is aimed at educating passengers of capital city Delhi. The venue was selected as Mandi House Metro is one of the most crowded stations in Delhi Metro.
The entire photography exhibition is conceptualised and organised by Rémi de Bercegol and Christine Ithurbide. The show also displays photographs taken by Pascal Garret , Benedicte Florin, Adeline Pierrat and Melanie Rateau. The aim of the exhibition is to be aware of the role of waste workers in societies across the world.
From Paris to Cairo and Mexico to Delhi, the photographs on exhibit chronicle the surroundings of waste workers live and work in public spaces, open landfills to waste containers from where these workers collect garbage as well as waste. The photographs also covered spaces like factories, recycling workshops, and places where garbage is turned into recycled products.
Through the photographs, the photographers also capture the working techniques and processes employed by these workers.
Rémi de Bercegol shared that in today’s world, waste management is one of the biggest challenges. He added that the waste we generate shows the un-sustainable ways people live and contaminate the surroundings.
The photographers through the photos want to help lift the stigma attached to the waste workers. The exhibition portrays the waste workers in different perspective.
The first exhibition was showcased at Paris as of the as part of the “La mise en image du rebut” (The Image of Waste) exhibition that afterwards travelled to various cities. “The City of Waste” is an adaptation of this display that is showcased for the first time in India. The project is a component of Habitat Photosphere, India Habitat Centre’s year-long photography festival on sustainable development, that is curated by well-known curator Alka Pande.
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