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Kevin McElvaney – Agbogbloshie

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In September of 2013, Hamburg photographer Kevin McElvaney travelled to Ghana, where he visited the Agbogbloshie areal together with environmental journalist Mike Anane. The former marshlands close to the capital of Accra has become an enormous dumping ground for illegally discarded electronic junk from all over the world.

In an exhibition carrying the name Agbogbloshie as its title, McElvaney presents portraits of boys and girls living there. The images went around the world and were published in and shown on The Guardian, Al Jazeera, FOX, Die Zeit, Stern and the Daily Mail. Supposedly, around 40,000 people earn their living on and around Agbogbloshie, which they themselves call Sodom and Gomorrah.

A dark smoke lies over the area. Most of those trying to survive here are between seven and 25 years of age. They work from daybreak to sunset and are continuously exposed to poisonous substances and fumes.

The exhibition will take place in Hamburg at Warnholtzstraße 4, and is open for just two days: June 6 and 7, 2014.

For further information visit: FB and Kevin McElvaney

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