Art in water and sanitation research in Nepal: a performance with sanitation workers

Hannah Macpherson, Alice Fox, Ashmina Ranjit, Andrew Church

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This paper documents and discusses the creation of a performance (dance and song) by 12 sanitation workers in Nepal working with artists Alice Fox (UK) and Ashmina Ranjit (Nepal). This creative work was one element within an international, interdisciplinary research programme that explored shit flow, wastewater and marginality in five rapidly developing off-grid towns. Performed at the Lumbini Peace Park as part of the 2022 Women of the World Festival, an important objective of the work was raising awareness of issues affecting sanitation workers, who are among the most precarious workers in the world. Using photos and artist commentary, ‘we’ (geographers and artists) show how the performance (un)seen (un)clean opened a creative space through which to engage and circulate the lived experiences of workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2023

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts
  • Collaboration
  • Creative methods
  • Geography
  • interdisciplinary
  • Nepal
  • Performance


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