Transforming waste elements from everyday life is a process that distills both the specificity of the past, and the authority of the present. Issuing from matter, a treatise emerges redeeming life/lives discarded. An afterlife is realized; one that is independent of the value assigned by an all-assuming cultural order – this is a political act. Speaking to, for, about, and/or against each other, new relations evidence all knowledge to be a form of bias. As salvage, garbage constructs assault anthropocentric notions of usefulness, forcing historically existing individuals to witness, and to relinquish certain conveniences of thought. Articulating touch, presence, order and defiance, the tactile utterance suggests a mythological afterworld. It is not that objects can remember – it is not a question of memory – but of existence: a kind of cosmological order of unalienable rights. Theirs is the ability to insist what persons might otherwise forget – the corporeal reality of ambiguity, the ambiguity of corporal reality: and the impossibility of documentation ever to suffice.
Tracy Ann Essoglou © 1990
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