LitteredStories From a Civilizational Landfill

A new island has been discovered in the Pacific! It is five times the size of Poland and built entirely of plastic. Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain… of garbage. By 2018, 16 tonnes of waste have been collected from it. A similar amount of plastic debris has accumulated on the beaches of the small and uninhabited Henderson Island.

We are flooded with garbage. We are surrounded by landfills larger than urban agglomerations. Plastic particles float in the air and in the oceans. Shameful remnants of our activity even drift in space.

We have become slaves of instant consumerism. We repeatedly buy, use, throw away and buy new products. The American sociologist Alvin Toffler diagnosed our culture as “the throw-away society” already in the 1970s. Today, over 40 years later, the problem is much bigger. We produce so much garbage that we don’t know what to do with it.

If we were to describe generations from the perspective of littering, we could talk about the “generation of reusable packaging” chose representatives remember glass milk cans and siphons with carbonated water. We could identify the “generation of plastic bags and PET bottles”. However, we all, regardless of our age, are now “the litter generation”. We generate the greatest amount of rubbish in the history of mankind! A statistical Pole produces approximately 312 kg (687 lbs) of rubbish per year, an American – 864 kg (1900 lbs) and Japanese – up to 1000 kg (2200 lbs). This overproduction seriously threatens our health and causes destruction of the environment. Let’s not forget that plastic has the lifespan of up to 500 years – much longer then humans.

Are mountains of waste going to be our only legacy? It depends on each and every one of us! It’s time to change our everyday habits before it’s too late. The exhibition “Littered” helps to take the first step towards change. It discusses the issues related with waste sorting and presents eight different aspects of environmental destruction. The infamous subjects of individual zones are: landfills, plastic, smog, disposable products, electro-waste and food.

 

When?

Exhibition opens
on June 1
Monday – Thursday
3 pm – 8 pm
Friday – Sunday
10 am – 8 pm

Free admission

Curator:
Marcin Szczelina

Exhibition Partners: Dzielnica Wisła, IKEA