Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go was a public exhibition and event at The Bargehouse on London’s South Bank that brought artists and academics together to tell the story of our worn clothing as it passes through charity shops and recycling bins and is sold into the global marketplace.
George Parker, New York Times 2002
“A long chain of charity and commerce binds the world’s richest and poorest people in an accidental intimacy. It’s a curious feature of the global age that hardly anybody at either end knows it.”
Waste of the World
Everything Must Go marked the culmination of a five-year academic social science project Waste of the World. The exhibition brought invisible global waste economies into public view, revealing the people involved and how the trade impacts upon their lives. As the academic process drew to a close, we came in to devise a way of telling the story to a wider public.
Western consumers want to believe that they can have a new coat every winter and do a good deed by donating clothes to needy recipients in the developing world through the simple discourse of charity recycling. The reality is, of course, more complex and more murky than many would suspect.
Why are you getting rid of this?
Story of a red coat
We also hosted a discussion series, ‘Talking Rubbish’, where researchers, designers, filmmakers, business entrepreneurs and third sector leaders came together to critically engage with the issues raised and the implications for the way in which we think about our old clothing.
A Fish Out Of Water – by Tim Mitchell
Curated by anthropologist Dr Lucy Norris and Clare Patey, produced by Holy Mountain/Boz Temple-Morris with Tiphaine Tailleux and included photography by Tim Mitchell, workshops by Lizzie Harrison, film by Meghna Gupta and design by Brighten the Corners.