The goal of this exhibit, enhanced by guided tours and public readings, was to raise awareness about issues related to cleanliness and trash management in public spaces among those living in the Pont de Flandre neighborhood in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.
“The Power of Our Actions” engaged residents, associations and elected officials, and reached over 3,500 people.
Portraits were created and stories written about garbage collectors, maintenance workers, building caretakers, recycling coordinators, residents
Installation of an outdoor exhibit in collaboration with the residents and the associations Espace 19 and Régie de Quartier 19e
Participatory readings of the written portraits organized with the residents of the Pont de Flandre neighborhood in the 19th arrondissement
Many of the actions we take on a daily basis become so routine that we forget how important they are.
These diverse portraits, both drawn and written, reveal the impact that our actions or inactions have regarding issues of cleanliness and recycling of trash. Widening our view, all of them – whether a garbage collector, a maintenance worker, a building caretaker, a recycling coordinator or a resident – talk about solidarity, health, beautification, self-respect, respect for others, and protecting the environment.
Anne-Cécile, resident of the Pont de Flandre neighborhood
I realized, through this exhibit, that I wasn’t acknowledging or saying hello to the people who clean the streets. After this exhibit, I began to respect them more by offering a smile to encourage them. »
World Cleanup Day – Trash collection at the end of the exhibit, September 21, 2019