Dave Robertson*

Paper Trails (Photographic prints, 61 x 133 cm each)

Paper Trails (Photographic prints, 61 x 133 cm each)

Artist's Statement

* Spier Contemporary 2010 Winner: Dave Robertson has been awarded one of the career development prizes by the Judges of the Exhibition.

Using makeshift trolleys, informal recyclers collect unwanted material from urban outlets which they transport to recycling depots. Although their main ambition is to survive, the ’trolley people’ have become accidental pioneers by helping to raise awareness about recycling possibilities in our country. Ironically, the more proactive the public becomes about sustainable living, the less opportunity there will be for these people to continue exchanging waste for cash. Photographed using an antique 35mm panoramic camera and selected from a larger body of work, these images offer a glimpse into the fragile existence of informal recyclers operating in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Artist's Biography

Born: Zimbabwe, 1961. Lives and works in Cape Town. Major exhibitions: ‘Photo LA 2004’, Los Angeles, USA; Irma Stern Museum, Bell Roberts Gallery and Focus Contemporary, in Cape Town; Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg.