Terra do Sol, Aparecia de Goiânia - Brazil

Every year we create 2.1 billion tons of waste. Waste transcends social class, culture, creed, and political views. The most affected areas by the mass production of waste are economically disadvantaged communities. These places have no infrastructure to deal with their waste and, more often than not, waste from other places are deposited there. We run workshops of photography during one week and asked thirteen adolescents from the age of 11 to 17 to document how their community is repurposing what the world is throwing away in order to survive because from the point of view of the planet there is no "away".

The Land of the Sun Community (Terra do Sol) is located in the centre of Brazil, in Aparecida de Goiania, just by the towns wasteland. Home to over 400 families, who live mainly from the collection of recycling material, they have no sanitation, running water, paved streets, adequate electricity or internet.

'How marginal communities are repurposing waste to solve problems'  highlights the affectionate and authentic perspectives of 13 young photographers, portraying how their community is repurposing what the world is throwing away in order to solve problems. Also, how aware they are of not being defined by external stereotypes, more often than not, reinforced by outsiders taking photos about their situation. We so often have a preconceived idea about what these individuals need. But no one better than themselves to voice their challenges and share their own stories.

23 images have been selected to compose the exhibition: 

How marginalised communities are repurposing waste to survive

Foto: Alinny Mariane (14 anos)
Foto: Alinny Mariane (14 anos)
Foto: Diego de Jesus (11 anos)
Foto: Diego de Jesus (11 anos)
Foto: Geovana Fernandes (10 anos)
Foto: Geovana Fernandes (10 anos)
Foto: Hígor Ferreira (14 anos)
Foto: Hígor Ferreira (14 anos)
Foto: José Higor (14 anos)
Foto: José Higor (14 anos)
Foto: José Iarlei (15 anos)
Foto: José Iarlei (15 anos)
Foto: Juliana Conceição (15 anos)
Foto: Juliana Conceição (15 anos)
Foto: Laysa Cristina (17 anos)
Foto: Laysa Cristina (17 anos)
Foto: Maria Letícia
Foto: Maria Letícia
Foto: Micaeli Guimarães (14 anos)
Foto: Micaeli Guimarães (14 anos)
Foto: Pedro Henrique (11 anos)
Foto: Pedro Henrique (11 anos)
Foto: Rafael Dias (12 anos)
Foto: Rafael Dias (12 anos)
Foto: Samuel Silva (10 anos)
Foto: Samuel Silva (10 anos)

Meet the young change makers and photographers:

Alinny Mariane

Alinny Mariane

14 years

Diego de Jesus

Diego de Jesus

11 years

Geovana Fernandes

Geovana Fernandes

10 years

Hígor Ferreira

Hígor Ferreira

14 years

José Hígor

José Hígor

14 years

José Iarlei

José Iarlei

15 years

Juliana Conceição

Juliana Conceição

15 years

Laysa Cristina

Laysa Cristina

17 years

Maria Letícia

Maria Letícia

16 years

Micaele Guimarães

Micaele Guimarães

14 years

Pedro Henrique

Pedro Henrique

11 years

Rafael Dias

Rafael Dias

12 years

Samuel Silva

Samuel Silva

10 years

Click on the button below to find out more about Terra do Sol Community (Land of the Sun) and why we went there in the first place.

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