Trolley Books, 2013 First edition Hardcover, 64 pages, 245 x 260 mm Condition: Fine
The brilliant book Ghetto by Chanarin and Broomberg was published in 2003, it documented 12 contemporary "gated communities" — from a maximum-security prison in South Africa to a psychiatric hospital in Cuba, a retirement home in California, and a refugee camp in Tanzania. They spent a month in each place, methodically photographing and asking the same questions: "Who is in power here? Where do you go to be alone, to make love, to be with friends? What are your hopes and dreams?"
Scarti di avviamento is the technical term at the printers in Italy for the paper that is fed through the printing press to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed once the book is printed.
But during the printing of Ghetto, the scarti – Italian for scraps – were saved and stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. Following his untimely death in December 2012 these scarti were discovered. The twice-printed sheets reveal uncanny and often beautiful combinations. Yet, in truth, they are nothing but a series of little accidents, a collection of accidental mash-ups of overlapping images.
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