CTRL-X. A Topography of E-Waste opens at Hanover’s Galerie für Fotografie on 15 May. The series by Leica photographer Kai Löffelbein will subsequently be on display until 16 June 2019.
In his series CTRL-X. A Topography of E-Waste, Kai Löffelbein follows the obscure trail of electronic waste from Europe and the United States to the Agbogbloshie landfill in Ghana, China’s e-waste capital of Guiyu and the backyard workshops of New Delhi. The scenes he captures are nothing short of apocalyptic. Electronic waste is illegally exported from the West, using incorrect shipping declarations, in order to bypass expensive recycling processes. The photographer meticulously documents the toxic and extremely dangerous conditions under which workers – many of them children – disassemble discarded electronic devices in search of reusable raw materials, such as copper. Löffelbein’s work is widely exhibited and has been recognised with multiple international awards.
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