An exhibition ‘My City Through My Eyes’ showcases some of the critical urban challenges, such as lack of clean drinking water, risks emerging from industrial waste for resettlement colonies, status of education and health and lack of safe play spaces for children through the lens of child photographers living in slums.
This exhibition is a part of Habitat Photosphere, the year-long photography festival initiated by India Habitat Centre in collaboration with Save the Children and captures the city as seen by its most vulnerable children from the slums of Jahangirpuri, Sriniwaspuri and Madanpur Khadar. “This exhibition highlights the environmental hazards that affect everyone. However, the most vulnerable are those children and families who are living on the streets and unauthorised slums,” says Alka Pande, artistic director and curator of Habitat Photosphere.
In one of the frames titled Delhi The City of Dreams, a boy is standing in front of a moving train, representing the fact that the city continues to attract migration. This often acts as a barrier for continuous education for many children from migrant families. This is a photograph taken by child photographers from Sriniwapuri, south Delhi.
Salaam Dilli! is a photograph of a child in front of a pile of garbage, taken by children from Sriniwaspuri slum, to highlight the need for a better waste disposal system. Girl with a Lamb has been clicked by children in a slum cluster in south Delhi showing a stark contrast of the girl’s reality and what exists before her.
“One of the key pillars on which our theory of change rests upon is being the voice of the children and ensuring that the voice of every last child is heard. Forums such as this exhibition not only serve this purpose but also highlight the creative ability of portraying reality as seen from the eyes of the children,” says Avinash Kr Singh, senior manager, Delhi state programmes, Save the Children.
The exhibition is on display at Mandi House Metro Station till September 30.