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Recycling Delhi exhibit by photojournalist François Pesant, Montreal

Event date(s): 
17 July, 2012 - 09:00 - 12 August, 2012 - 20:00

From July 17 to August 12, 2012, the Centre for Sustainable Development (better known by its French acronym MDD) is hosting the Recycling Delhi photo exhibit by photojournalist François Pesant. 

François Pesant has an interest in human and environmental rights. He is particularly interested in:

  • the impact of environmental degradation on human populations
  • environmental justice

In this photo exhibit, the artist presents the reality of more than 170,000 people in Delhi, India, who live off the 8500 tonnes of garbage produced daily by this megacity.

Most of them live in the illegal slums that border the dumps or even in the streets. These ragpickers work in unsanitary conditions, and are persecuted by the authorities for their "illegal" activities. Yet their efforts save the city of Delhi more than 260 million rupees a year.  

With landfills that will soon be filled to capacity, Delhi must soon find a way to recycle waste in a more respectful, dignified way. 

During this exhibit, you can participate in a silent auction. Half of the funds will be used to finance the artist's future projects. The other half will be donated to the MDD to help finance its role as an artistic venue. 

This project has won the following awards:

  • Prix Antoine-Desilets 2010
  • Grand Prix Lux 2011
  • Selection at the Visa pour l'image international festival of photojournalism
  • Honourable mention at the Canadian Magazine Awards