Minhaz Marzu

Bangladesh

Minhaz Marzu

Obsolete

Humanity has always invented tools to meet her needs. Some solve specific tasks, others give pleasure. Our need for objects keeps growing and soon we end up with thousands of items. Then we think of multitasking. The iPhone of today is probably doing what 20 objects did in the 1960s. The objects become apps and software, so the physical object is no longer needed and becomes obsolete.

I grew up surrounded by objects in a large family. The entire world is full of objects. I was obsessed by them. But as I grew up, I saw the computer, the mobile phone, and I saw these objects become obsolete. The circle in my project represents the earth. As we go into space we dump our waste into the earth. Within the earth, we dump our waste in the homes of the vulnerable. All these objects were found at Geneva camp, where stateless people live, where we dump our unwanted objects. These objects have a shape and form and a character. I have photographed some of them and placed the photographs alongside the real objects. The images are flat and two dimensional. They represent the apps which are also formless.