Date/Time: 06/06/2006 12:00 am
Ship-Breakers of Bangladesh: Dismantling the Myth of Global Labor Equality – An Exhibition of Photos by Robert Bailey With Text by Naeem Mohaiemen
Time: June 6th
Opening Night remarks and reception 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: New York
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York
Cost: Free admission.
Explore one of many dilemmas faced by developing nations rapidly globalizing with this photography display. Bangladesh’s ship-breaking yards literally break apart old ships from all over the world, transforming them into scrap metal. These yards provide mass employment for Bangladeshi workers, many of whom have low-skills and few employment alternatives. However, the working conditions are extremely hazardous. Among other dangers, the shipbreakers are exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals that are handled without protection or regulation. As demand expands and competition grows among countries with low levels of industrialization, the acuteness of this dilemma will only increase. These photographs highlight the quiet dignity of manual laborers engaged in this difficult work.
Remarks by Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Advisor, International Waters, United Nations Development Programme, and Robert Bailey, Photographer.
This is an exhibition opening reception event. Photography on Display Tuesday, June 6 through Sunday, July 9, 2006.