A new exhibit opens, Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, in London.
According to Visit London, “Dirt is both a serious health risk and vital to our existence, yet it has long been something of a taboo.”
Some of the highlights at the Wellcome exhibit:
A home in cleanliness-obsessed 17th-century Delft in Holland
The slums of Soho in Victorian London
A Glasgow hospital in the 1860s, transformed by Joseph Lister’s introduction of antiseptic surgery
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, in the early 20th century – later drawn into Nazi policies of racial purity and ethnic cleansing
A Dalit community in modern-day New Delhi
A New York landfill site set to become a public park by 2030
The 200 objects on display include art, documentary photography, film, literature and scientific artefacts.
I hope they will include footage from Pink Flamingoes where drag queen Divine strives to be one of the “The Filthiest People Alive.”