Daastan- e-Nayandahalli – A photo exhibition by Pinky Chandran and Marwan Abubaker

Daastan- e-Nayandahalli – A photo exhibition by Pinky Chandran and Marwan Abubaker


Informal waste recycling in the context of urban informality is characterised by ignorance, non-recognition and social exclusion. Exclusion, as people working in waste are often stigmatised for their association with it. However, even though the informal waste economy has been compensating for the inadequate solid waste management systems in the city and country, many key players in this informal chain are neither acknowledged nor appreciated for their worth. Treated as nuisance, they are constantly pushed in the margins. This case attempts to study the recyclers of Nayandahalli and in doing so makes efforts to trace the actors involved in the informal recycling economy, and move away from binary definitions of waste of “use and throw”, and to appreciate waste as a resource.

The photo exhibition, is an outcome of the case development project of IIHS (Indian Institute of Human Settlements), under the theme “Re-Framing Urban Inclusion”.
HasiruDala’s submission was to study the scale of operations of the informal recycling units in Nayandahalli, Bangalore. The year -long project involved ethnographic methods including semi-structured interviews, radio interviews, mapping exercises and still photography.

Over 2500 photographs have been chronicled and the photo exhibition is a tribute to the recyclers of Nayandahalli. Sifting through these to select 45 was so not an easy task, however, we wanted to tell the story of the recyclers of Nayandahalli.

And so, we present Daastan-e-Nayandahalli: Series 1

The exhibition has no subtitles below the photographs, but poems accompany each segment, as we want to draw attention to the invisibility and at the same time want each viewer to describe, classify and interpret each photo.

So re-imagine the informal waste economy, acknowledge of their existence, through spatial, political, social, cultural, and economic aspects. Rethink our understandings of the informal and informality – informality and marginalization in the waste sector, informality as a means of survival- without social benefits (working in and with waste), planning for informality- spaces earmarked for them, from a policy perspective, appreciating economic contribution to the municipality (from a recycling perspective).

Poems : Pinky Chandran

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Cover pageNumber 2-Nayandahalli Sign BoardNumber 1-Railway track NayandahalliThe city's dirty secretNumber 3-Lone wastepickerPoem 2 ScrapNumber 23-DrainagePoem 3  Far AwayNumber 5- Godown areaPoem 4 Tin ShedsNumber 6-The close up of the godownPoem 5 What is wasteNumber 7-Area for collecting wasteNumber 8-Waste been opened for segregationNumber 8a-BundlingNumber 9-Segregation ProcessPoem 6 We go about livesNumber 10a-Segregation in processNumber 10-Segregation close upNumber 11a-BundlingNumber 11-BundlingNumber 13a-waste casetesNUmber 13b-Waste tooth brushNumber 13c--waste CD'sNumber 13d-WastePoem 7Number 12-Stock of wasteNumber 12a-Stock loadPoem 8 Garbage city

Number 14a-People in waste-Guy in a capNumber 14-People in wasteNumber 14c-People in waste-SalmaNumber 14b-People in waste-AkmalNumber 14d-People in waste-group pictureNumber 16-Bags for storingNumber 17-Waste granulesNumber 18a-The load to the truckNumber 19-Carrying load to the truckNumber 20-Stacking the truckNumber 21-Loaded truck-SidquieNumber 22a-Truck for furtehr processingNumber 22-Truck ready for furtehr processNumber 24-PipelineNumber 25-ConstructionNumber 26-Building and godownNumber 27-View from railway truckNumber 28-View from flyoverNumber 29-Sign board newPoem 9 Waste and value





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