The end of the world by Maroussia Mbaye
The end of the world, or ‘La Fin du Monde’ in her Senegal Series is an example of Mbaye using photography as a gateway to telling stories of the African culture. The image features a gigantic pile of empty plastic canisters and containers, a man in the centre of the frame walks leisurely by, as though he were taking an afternoon stroll in the park. By naming this photograph the end of the world, there is no question as to what Mbaye is trying to comment on. Undoubtedly, the end of the world will be at the fault of humanity, with the consequences of unsuccessful waste management and sustainable material usage being only a fraction of what has contributed to global warming. Mbaye states in a single image that we must act now, for the end of the world as a far-fetched fantasy is in the not-so-distant future.
Words by Chloe Copley