Cleaning up - the waste collector
Manièr noir stone lithograph on Rives BFK
35 13/16 x 25 in. (91 x 63.5 cm)
Europe, France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Charente-Limousine
Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, Purchased in honor of Kay Wilson, curator, 1983-2020
Printed at Atelier le Grand Village
"An informal industry of waste collectors or gleaners has developed in cities like Johannesburg where unemployed people collect selected materials, either plastics or metal or paper to sell back to recycling centres. This has resulted in a subculture of strange adornments and carts which are used to hold and transport the days’ finds. This part manière noire stone lithograph was based on a photo I took in downtown Joburg near my studio, of a man carrying an inordinate about of bags full of waste many of which were slung around and tied to his body.
In this lithograph this figure attains gigantic proportions towering over the city he moves through, the bags of waste contents hinting at colonial baggage and recyclable ideas imposed by generations of western imposition: churches, laws, the heads of the disposable bodies and lives, the by-product of these systems."