Photographer Fabrice Monteiro captures high fashion made of garbage from a huge dump in Senegal. The photograph is one of a series entitled “Prophecy,” a joint project of Monteiro, costume designer jah gal doulsy, and the Ecofund organization. Senegal’s “Green Imam,” Imam Youssoupha Sarr, has declared a jihad against the human pollution that is burying the African nation.
The Prophecy photos were shot at ten different locations around Senegal, with the models’ garb made partially of garbage and debris found at each site. The photos will be on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art until October 25, 2015.
17 thoughts on “Haute couture made of Senegalese garbage”
Wow – that’s different.
I thought the photo was beautiful, but knowing the outfits were make from trash picked up at the dump they’re standing in was sobering.
I like this very much. I have also done a small amount of photography work along these lines, not to any notoriety mind you, but mine was more in line with what we refer to as the “Still Life” genre with the intent to bring light to littering and garbage. I will have to post a blog entry about it in the very near future. Thanks for sharing… 🙂
It’s an issue that needs attention. Senegal apparently is drowning in its own garbage. In Europe, they burn it for energy. Here, I just wonder how many more landfills we can fill before we run out of space. This is a big country, but it’s not limitless. Our trash doesn’t just magically disappear when the trash truck hauls it away. It just goes someplace else.
Glad you added the video – very interesting! 🙂
I wish I’d had it here originally. I just hadn’t scrolled to the bottom of the source page. Until I saw it I hadn’t realized the model is holding a baby … er, doll.
Beautiful people living in a sea of trash.
At least they’ve recognized the problem and are trying to do something about it. That could prove difficult in a very poor nation.
That used to be called “found art”. Everything has to be rediscovered and renamed. Lovely, but garbage. (Just wait, the giant beer merger plans on expanding into the “new” emerging markets: Africa…..beer cans will make lovely platform shoes.)
Assuming they can afford beer, of course …
Apparently some can – stunned to find out that’s the biggest new market (according to business reports)…maybe it’s a barter thing? Wish it we were sending a better export product. What good can come of this?
Money for the beer companies.
Multinational ones – headquarters in Europe
Maybe they should develop biodegradable cans.
Can they do something about the sharp edges? (Somewhere someone is trying create cans that can be eaten as roughage after contents emptied)
They put wine in cartons. Why not beer? Something about the carbonation, I assume.