The Chaotic, Colorful Slums of the World’s Most Overcrowded City

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s people live in cities, drawn by the industrial tech and service sectors of the global economy. Despite the greater opportunities and advantages that often come with urban living, such as closer proximity to healthcare and education, many of these people simply trade poverty in the countryside for poverty in the city.

There are few places where this is more true than Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and arguably the world’s most overcrowded citySebastian Keitel’s series Provisional Installations chronicles the confined and colorful makeshift homes that define the metropolis’s poorest neighborhoods.

“Since I saw a slum for the first time, the topic did not let me go,” Keitel says. “I am simply overwhelmed by the visual appearance of a so-called ‘informal settlement.’ People’s whole lives are compressed here to about 3×3 meters — I just wanted to show this, because there is a beauty in it as well.”

Sitting just above the Ganges at the geographic center of Bangladesh, Dhaka is a centuries-old city and a bustling hub of culture and commerce. Home to hundreds of mosques as well as gleaming commercial centers and museums. It’s situated among the world’s largest rice and jute producing areas, and a major exporter of textiles. As is true in much of the world though, the quality of life there is also sharply divided between rich and poor.

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Bus Hotel  Aristide Antonas

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