“'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,”
Scarti is Broomberg and Chanarin’s personal tribute to the widely loved and sadly departed Trolley publisher, Gigi Giannuzzi. The publication gives a new, solid context to this collection of twice-printed, decade-old ephemera, produced during the printing of their seminal book Ghetto (their first collaboration with Giannuzzi documenting 12 contemporary “ghettos” including a South African prison and a Cuban mental asylum). The image combinations in Scarti are ghostly but purposeful, perhaps too striking to believe they’re really accidents – like strange double exposures acting as an allegory for the transience of a friend’s life outlived by a legacy of artistic production.
Trolley Books/ 64pp/ £45/ December 2013/ ISBN: 978-1-907112-46-1
Reviewed by Holly Lucas
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