An exhibition in New Delhi unveils and humanises the work of recycling in India, and the people behind it.
“India has traditionally had a culture of recycling, orchestrated by the quintessential Kabadiwallahs. However the magnitude and diversity of new urban waste creates new threats…”
So writes Aditya Arya, curator of an ongoing exhibition on recycling at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
The exhibition features the work of eight young artists, awardees of the Neel Dongre Awards 2016 in photography, as they capture the work and spaces of recycling, and the individuals who sift and sort through the tons of garbage the city produces each day.
The artists travel to landscapes both unfamiliar and familiar: landfills, industrial recycling plants, automobile junk markets, second-hand cloth markets and flower shops.
As they do so, they unveil, and humanise, the work and the people behind the “public secret” of recycling in India.
Here’s a sneak peek of the work on display.
(Text written with inputs from Parthiv Shah, juror of the Neel Dongre Awards 2016, Aditya Arya and the artists themselves.)
“World of Recycle” is open for view until April 11, 2016, at the India International Centre, New Delhi, 11 am – 7 pm.