August 29 – October 4, 2015
Melkweg, Amsterdam

Commissioned by Solidaridad, an exhibition of Ed Kashi’s photographs, ‘Sugarcane, fuel for change’ will be on view at Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam from August 29 – October 4, 2015. Kashi traveled this year to Nicaragua and El Salvador to capture the life of cane cutters there in partnership with La Isla Foundation. The heavy labor and constant heat causing an epidemic of chronic renal failure among these workers. However, the situation is not hopeless. Solidaridad is working with sugar cane factory in El Salvador where there has been drastic improvement of working conditions.

Sugarcane is ubiquitous in our daily lives. We use it not only as food and fuel, but we also plastic, jeans and shampoo. However, the working conditions in the sugar cane production are often very poor.

Ed Kashi went to Nicaragua and El Salvador to capture the living and working conditions of cane cutters. He tells a story of hope and strength, about the possibility of change. It is a story about opportunities for a better life, about injustice and solutions about how an entire community breaks away from the despair and gain insight into a better future.

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