Accidental Art

posted by Bridget on 28 March 2014

Scarti, by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, was born out of the Ghetto.

scarti 3

Collage, double exposure, superimposing are all techniques employed by artists. These methods are used deliberately and even if sometimes the result is unknown, there is an intent in using the process in creating the artwork.

So what to make of Scarti, a collection of prints created by the scarti di avviamento technic whereby paper is fed through a printing press twice to clean the drums of ink between print runs. This by-product is usually destroyed, but during the making of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin's photobook, Ghetto, the scarti were saved and kept by their publisher Gigi Giannuzzi.

Recently discovered in his files after Giannuzzi's death, Trolley Books have published these ghostly reminders of Ghetto in a new book Scarti.

Scarti 7

We are left with question as to who is the artist/author? The Italian printers, Gigi Giannuzzi or the creators of the original photographs. Perhaps we shouldn't wory and just enjoy them as a case of happenstance.

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