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De geschiedenis van een moderne crisis

18 FEBRUARI 2023 - 14 JANUARI 2024

Afval. Zeker het meest zichtbare en materiële aspect van de milieucrisis waarmee we geconfronteerd worden.

“Weggooien" is een project dat de verborgen geschiedenis van afval in Europa en het belang ervan als teken van sociale verandering belicht.

”Weggooien” neemt ons vanaf de industriële revolutie mee door de schaarste in oorlogstijd, de opkomst van het naoorlogse consumentisme en eindigt met de huidige hardnekkige afvalcrisis. 

De tentoonstelling laat de dramatische veranderingen zien in de manier waarop we in het verleden met afval zijn omgegaan, en de manier waarop we denken, of niet denken, over afval.

Het ''Weggooien''-project omvat:

Overzicht van de tentoonstelling

Exhibition section 1: Did you say rubbish?

The “Throwaway’’ exhibition explores the issue of waste in Europe from a historical perspective in four sections. First up: Did you say rubbish?

From resource to refuse (1800–1945)

At the beginning of the 19th century, Europe experienced rapid population growth and as a result a much higher production of goods. This also meant higher quantities of waste, which were often creatively used to produce new goods, sometimes, even with the incentive to sell them.

Throwaway Europe (1945–today)

After the Second World War, a much larger part of the population could afford consumer goods.

Living with(out) rubbish

The final section of the exhibition explores what is today called the ‘4Rs’: reduce, reuse, recycle and repair, confronting them with practices that were common sense through time.

Local Participatory Process

This exhibition is about rubbish - perhaps the most material and the most palpable aspect of the environmental crisis. Therefore, those who handle it have something to say! The exhibition research was broadened beyond archives or academic sources, to go into the field and learn from the experts.