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The history of a modern crisis

Rubbish. Perhaps the most visible and physical aspect of the looming environmental crisis.

‘’Throwaway’’ is a project that unearths the hidden history of waste in Europe while simultaneously highlighting its significance as a marker of social change. Starting with the industrial revolution, ‘’Throwaway’’ brings us on a journey through wartime scarcity, the surge in post-war consumerism, and finishes with today’s insurmountable waste crisis. It displays the profound changes in how we have dealt with rubbish in bygone years, and the way we think, or don’t think about waste. By looking at the past, it makes current criticisms and the resounding calls for change relevant and meaningful. 

The ’’Throwaway’’ project includes:

  • an exhibition in Brussels, with a public opening event on 18 February
  • a digital platform
  • an accompanying publication that deepens the topic and documents the project in its entirety.
Photograph © Mandy Barker