06. 21. 2004
Hot New Trend - The Art of Mongo (Trash-picking)
I think makeovers are played out. Reality television has made over living rooms, old cars, women with pathologically low self-esteem, what's left? Mongrel dogs who long for poodle trims?
I think the next big thing is trash. Of course, Ebay taught us years ago that one person's trash is another person's treasure but now recycling has become an actual art form.
Star Trash, an exhibit in New York City by French photojournalists Pascal Rostain and Bruno Mouron, featured Larry King's diapers, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Cuban cigar wrappers, and Lactaid from the Banderas-Griffith household.
Mongo: Adventures In Trash, by Ted Botha, profiles all kinds of mongo seekers from the homeless searching for food to book lovers hunting for rare first editions. Botha himself furnished his own apartment with things he found discarded on Manhattan streets.
James Scurlock's short documentary film, Parents of the Year, which just screened at AFI Silverdocs, chronicles the lives of Rogelio and Yolanda Garcia, a Mexican immigrant couple living in California, who put their children through college by foraging through dumpsters. Parents of the Year will be airing on HBO later this summer.
All of this says a lot about our culture of rampant and easily disposable consumerism (of which I am a huge participant and inciter) and I hope will lead to more than just lurid reality shows, but do be careful about what you throw away because Rostain and Mouron are going after the "regular people" next.