‘Scarti di Avviamento’ is the technical term 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 in this case the ‘scarti’ – Italian for scraps – were saved and safely stored away by publisher Gigi Giannuzzi. Following his untimely death in December 2012 this box was discovered.
In these scraps the layering of the original images from Ghetto appear almost purposeful. The twice-printed sheets reveal uncanny and often
beautiful combinations, both compositionally and contextually. In one
the arm of a South African prisoner drops casually into the scene of young
Tanzanian refugees perched in a tree, whilst in another an American octogenarian
from ‘Leisure World’ retirement home sits almost perfectly atop the knee of a Kurdish lorry driver.
Yet in truth they are nothing more than a series of little accidents.
Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) are artists living and working in London.
Trolley Books is an independent UK publisher, specialising in art and photography books. Areas covered by Trolley include social reportage, photojournalism/current affairs and contemporary art and architecture.