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Siddharth Behl - Men Machines and Dust


  • Stari most Maribor 10 Taborska Ulica Upravna enota Maribor, 2000 Slovenia (map)

Street exhibition at - STARI MOST - Old Bridge from 17.9 until 5.10.2019.

The rapid development in our modern life, has led to the need for new infrastructure. The homes we reside in are getting a new definition in style. Multistory buildings appeasing to our aesthetic tastes provide residence to the ever growing population of this megacity. So where does these raw materials come from? Or do we stop to question about what happens to the scraps of an old building which has been brought down in the neighborhood? And most importantly, who are the people whose painstaking labor goes into the making of the urban development a marvel.

Such is an example of a recycling factory in Delhi, India providing a solution to all the C&D waste (Construction and demolition waste) from all over Delhi. The recycle plant, set up in Burari, North of Delhi, manages to recycle over 5000 tons of waste construction material everyday with heavy recycling machines maneuvered by skilled laborers. Working in daily shifts, here the men at work are diligent in their duties and are probably ‘the’ responsible source of recycling all the waste material. The diverse deliverables that include recycled stones, recycled brick powder, hollow cement bricks and pavement tiles are one of the most popular recycled products which are widely used all over the city for further more construction. Running the nonstop production of recycling waste material not only requires special skilled labor but mega machines that fulfill the flesh and steel combination.

The labors in the waste recycle plant are almost always scattered and invisible in the industrial hullabaloo. Working diligently in the megacity like Delhi, they, nonetheless, remain hidden, as silhouettes. Siddharth is an Indian documentary photographer based out of New Delhi, India. For past seven years Siddharth has been extensively shooting important documentary projects on climate change, women related issues, migration, children and has been covering multiple disaster events and post emergency works in India and South East Asia. At an early age, Siddharth has travelled extensively across thousands of villages all over India understanding and capturing the landscape, culture and issues that people face. His personal body of works on factories, street children and Afghan refugees have been published both nationally and internationally. In 2018, he won Foundry Photo Journalism grant for attending the workshop and has been a recipient of the prestigious Neel Dongre Awards (2016 and 2018), National Foundation for India Media Fellowship (2017) under the aegis of which he has put up group and solo exhibitions respectively. His recent work on disasters have also been published in a book called the ‘Face of Disasters 2018’ by a humanitarian agency. With a great understanding for multimedia, Siddharth loves to support his work with creative graphic designing and film making.

Earlier Event: September 17
Ana Kučan - L’espace infini (EN)
Later Event: September 17
Mouhamad Moustapha - Človeški stik