The Art Of An Urban Wasteland

A new Atlanta exhibit chronicles the strange world of China’s ‘scavenger economy.’
November 12, 2004, 6am PST | David Gest
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"Xing Danwen's photographs could be little cities viewed from far overhead. Coils of copper wires have the appearance of transportation arteries. A mass of Walkman earphones mimics a teeming crowd..." The art illustrates "the ordering and consolidating of technological clutter" and "documents the emergence of a scavenger economy. In southern China's Guangdong province, it is the poorest of the poor - more than 100,000 residents and migrant workers - who collect and sort this technological waste, the majority of which comes from the United States. The toxicity of the process makes the recycling illegal in the United States."

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Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 in Creative Loafing Atlanta
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