AP photographer’s work from Mumbai focus of Wright Museum of Art exhibit

September 4, 2013

Online Staff Report

BELOIT, Wis. — The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College will open an exhibit based on the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Thursday, Sept. 5. The photographs in the exhibit are the work of Associated Press photographer Amiran White,documenting her time in Mumbai, India, and her multiple visits to the Mumbai Municipal Trash Dump.

More than 3,000 people live in the slums built around the Mumbai Airport, making their lives and their living by collecting, sorting and selling the trash accumulated from the city. Disease, corruption and drug dependency are rampant in the slums.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Macarthur Genius Grant awardee Katherine Boo released the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers in 2012, documenting the triumphs and pitfalls of a small circle of residents of the Municipal Dump. Photographer Amiran White visited Mumbai, and her photos provide an illustrative context to the words of Boo.

Beloit College student Ellen Waneke, with help from museum curator James Pearson, organized and installed the exhibit, “The Trash Caste,” featuring excerpts from Boo’s book and photographs from White. The exhibit opens at 4 p.m., Sept. 5. Waneke will be on hand to provide curatorial context. Docent tours are available, and Waneke is available for interviews.

The Wright is a teaching museum on the Beloit College campus, 700 College St. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. The museum is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

Contact James Pearson, curator, for further information at (608) 363-2095 or pearsonj@beloit.edu.

Posted Sept. 4, 2013

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