Mumbai Plans for World’s First Slum Museum

Mumbai, home of 1.5 million person Dharavi slum known to be one of Asia’s largest, will soon be host the world’s first slum museum. As Smithsonian Magazine reports, the Design Museum Dharavi is being envisioned by Spanish artist Jorge Mañes Rubio to showcase works that “reimagines and revives [forgotten] sites as attention-worthy destinations.”

“Despite the tough conditions [the people of Dharavi] live in, they are capable of creating, designing, manufacturing and commercializing all kinds of goods,” said the museum’s founders. “We believe that the objects made in Dharavi could be as valuable as those collected by design museums.”

The museum will take the shape of a flexible mobile structure capable of being moved throughout the slum. It will open for the first time in February – on tour for two months, before being handed over to residents.

“The main mission of Design Museum Dharavi is to challenge our perception of ‘slums, favelas, barriadas, ghettos’ on a global scale,” added the founders.

You can learn more on the Design Museum Dharavi website.


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