30 Jan 14 - 08 Mar 14
TJ Boulting is pleased to present the forthcoming exhibition in conjunction with our publishing side Trolley Books, of the original 'Scarti' from the publication by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. The exhibition also presents for the first time new work by the artists presenting the 'Scarti of the Scarti'.
Ghetto, Broomberg and Chanarin’s first collaboration with Trolley, was published ten years ago. It saw the then creative editors and principal photographers of Colors Magazine document 12 contemporary gated communities, from a maximum-security prison in South Africa to a psychiatric hospital in Cuba. Photographed entirely on large format colour negative, Ghetto took three years to produce and over time has became a popular classic within photo book history. It is now out of print.
‘Scarti di avviamento’ is the technical term in Italian for the paper that is fed through the printing press twice before making a book, 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 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.
These scraps would normally have been swept up and discarded from the factory floor. But in this exhibition of the original ‘scarti’ they are elevated to original and fascinating works in their own right; but as the artists state: “In truth they are nothing more than a series of little accidents.”
The exhibition also presents new work, ‘Scarti Of Scarti’, which were created during the printing of the Scarti book, where without any interference by the artists, the new ‘scarti’ were printed on top of an Italian furniture catalogue. The chance results create a further intriguing perspective to the original ‘scarti’ with seemingly unrelated but again uncanny juxtapositions, whilst the possibilities to a potential infinity of scarti on scarti are opened up, and perhaps ultimately, a totally black printed sheet of paper coming off the press.
“Scarti with its improbable representations fits perfectly into the pessimistic vision of Broomberg & Chanarin on the power of photography to reflect reality.” Rémi Coignet, Le Monde.
“Thanks to Gigi, who was inspired by those late night moments when the printing presses were churning out accidental juxtapositions, now we can appreciate the beauty, irony and humor of chance creations, too.” Jim Casper, Lensculture
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Together they have had
numerous international exhibitions and their work is represented in major public and private collections
including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography and Loubna Fine Art Society. They also have
produced several award-winning publications and have their own imprint, Chopped Liver Press.They were
recently awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their work, War Primer 2.