RETAKE THE WORLD
Participation in the RETAKE THE WORLD sub-exhibition of the #LANDINGS2021 exhibition that opened on 6th August 2021. The exhibition is a contemporary visualisation of the human impact on Earth's ecology and the effects on wellbeing.
LANDINGS2021 is an online collection of curated exhibitions featuring work by students and staff of the Falmouth Flexible Photography programs "at" Falmouth University.
It’s not uncommon to find empty cans of drinks and plastic food packaging scattered in parks after people have had a pick-nick. These smaller pieces of litter can be easily picked up and disposed properly, but what about larger pieces of garbage? Human footprint through waste pollution is a huge problem all around the world. Including bicycle pollution in the city of Amsterdam. Damaged, left, broken, rotten bicycles can be found all around this city. In 2019 it was estimated that there were around 847 000 bikes in Amsterdam. These decomposing bicycles can add stress and feelings of abandonment on the local residents’ emotional health. Reasons for discarded bicycles can differ, starting from residents who for some reason cannot cycle anymore to the fact that a second-hand bicycle on the black market costs cheaper than fixing a bicycle at a local repair shop, hence many residents simply leave bicycles on street when they get a flat tire. One of the possible solutions for this issue could be involving more bicycle shops to offer a discount when a person hands in his old bicycle. Some big chain houseappliance stores already offer this service for broken washing machines. Old bicycle parts could be then used to make new bicycles. There are already some of these shops available that use old bicycle parts, like recyclefietsen.nl, and such green-thinking action is inspiring.