Why this Kensington Graffiti Project Displays Hard-To-Look-At Photographs From Around The World

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Why this Kensington Graffiti Project Displays Hard-To-Look-At Photographs From Around The World

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BY: #Dysturb
LOCATION: Kensington Market
PHOTO BY: Anonymous
FIELD NOTES: Photojournalists from around the world have teamed up to create the #Dysturb project. From Paris to Sarajevo to Toronto, #Dysturb hopes to share news often not covered by conventional outlets and create forums for discussion by erecting large-scale paste-ups of their images in urban hubs.

The text says in this paste-up says, “Shaanxi Province, Henan, China, 2014. Gold miner, He Quangui, battling silicosis, struggles to breathe while cradled in the hands of his wife Mi Shixiu. After many attempts to stabilize his breathing, in the early hours of the next morning He tried to kill himself to end the suffering. He contracted the irreversible disease while working in illegal gold mines in China’s Henan province. He is among some six million workers in China who have pneumoconiosis—the country’s most prevalent occupational disease. He fought the illness for 10 years before dying on August 1, 2015. Photographer Sim Chi Yin documented the final four years of his life.”

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