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October 22, 2008

The Art Is Trash

Newsweek 10.20.08 Newsweek_2

Mountains of garbage have never looked more beautiful than in Vivan Sundaram’s photographs. His exhibit “Trash,” now on view in Manhattan’s Sepia gallery (before traveling to Sydney and Tokyo), includes 15 large-scale photos and three video installations that depict the underside of the economic boom gripping his home city, Delhi. Used soda cans, soiled milk bags, empty yogurt containers, dirty toothbrushes and plastic toys mix with industrial waste products to create a striking indictment of consumption.

Our Take: Trash as art compels us to stop and think about what happens to all of these “things” we consume, whether recycled or not. It also shines a light on the culture of consumption that has made its way to India – a country known for its cradle-to-grave recycling practices.

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