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Photography exhibit on the “rag-pickers” of Mumbai’s trash dump

Friday, August 16, 2013

                          Student curator opens art exhibit based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author's book

MEDIA CONTACT: James Pearson at 608-363-2095 or 

The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College will open an exhibit based off of the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo on Thursday, Sept. 5. The photographs in the exhibit are the work of Associated Press photographer Amiran White,documenting her time in Mumbai, India and her multiple visits to the Mumbai Municipal Trash Dump.

Trash Caste 

Currently, over 3,000 people live in the slums built around the Mumbai Airport, making their lives and their livings by collecting, sorting and selling the trash accumulated from the city. Disease, corruption and drug dependency are rampant in the slums. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MacArthur Genius Grant awardee Katherine Boo released the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers in 2012, documenting the triumphs and pitfalls of a small circle of residents of the municipal dump. Photographer Amiran White visited Mumbai, and her photos provide an illustrative context to the words of Boo.

Beloit College student Ellen Waneke‘15, with help from museum curator James Pearson, organized and installed the exhibit, The Trash Caste, featuring excerpts from Boo’s book and photographs from White. The exhibit opens Sept. 5th  at 4 p.m. Waneke will be on hand to provide curatorial context. Docent tours are available, and Waneke is available for interviews.

Trash Caste 2 

The Wright is a teaching museum on the Beloit College campus, 700 College St. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11a.m. to 4p.m. The museum is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.