mumbai_280Mumbaikar is an expression of my personal obsession with economic power and its relationship to society. Using Mumbai, India’s financial capital, as a case study, this project looks at today’s meaning of “wealth of a nation” and how economic progress affects the life of the common citizen, transforming them into consumers instead of providing basic infrastructure and appropriate living conditions. In photographing Mumbai’s financial, commercial and residential districts, this project identifies ways in which India’s economic performance is reflected in the daily realities of the financial capital’s inhabitants.

As becomes clear, economic growth brings few, if any, real benefits to the average citizen. Underlining the differences and contrasts between the economic data and the fact that they do not represent the condition of common citizens, in an implicit way, the project provided the basis to discuss the methods we use to measure the wealth and economic progress. Today’s measurement system used is the gross domestic product (GDP), and it’s used world wide. The GDP is the result of the market value of all final services provided and goods produced. According to this way of calculating economic progress and wealth, the way to advance the economic state of a nation is to produce and sell more consumer goods and services.

Francesco Stelitano