350 million tons of waste are produced every year in France. The production never stops, meaning that the process of picking it up and cleaning never stops either.

This cycle, true to our modern society, implies the responsibility of anyone and everyone— of those who waste and of those who pick it up.

Those who pick it up are the garbage collectors. In Paris, there are 5,041.

Ignored, we only speak about them when they are on strike. We only see them when they take a coffee break or when their truck generates traffic.

Often insulted, they are held responsible for the dirtiness made by others.

However, observing the garbage collectors of Paris living and working together opens a window to the diversity of France. It is observing a rich and vivid multiculturalism.

When they wear their uniforms, they become a team. Discrimination does not exist. Why would the skin color or the religion of your co-worker matter when you have your hands in the same trash can?

Looking at the garbage collectors, recognizing their contribution to our society and the value of their work could be a step towards living together as a diverse society. It is, as Ken Loach says, looking at another as a human, a citizen, nothing more, nothing less.


IN(DI)VISIBLE has been exhibited from May 23rd to June 17th at the 9th arrondissement city hall of Paris.


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