Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip affects every aspect of the country's consumption. While products can still get in, garbage can't get out, creating an isolated system of junk.
Residents face limited hours of electricity each day, a shortage of gas to run collection vehicles and limited materials for creating alternative solutions to waste management. The 365-kilometre enclave is filling up with waste.
The survey of Gaza's trash problem is made from the top-down and the bottom up, presenting an overview of the waste system and a series of interviews with local residents. Both methods of research are connected by lines showing the location of the interviewees homes in the general map. This seemingly simple act of 'taking the trash out' becomes a trigger for revealing the realities of living in Gaza.
When it comes to junk, Gaza is a closed system, but so is our planet. Gaza can be read as a parable for global waste mismanagement and the consequences of unregulated consumption.
Designer in Research
Interviews conducted by Tareq AL Hendi
GEO-Design: JUNK. All that is Solid Melts into Trash
Curated by Martina Muzi | Concept by Joseph Grima
11/2019: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven