Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s Ghetto was published ten years ago. It told the story of 12 modern ghettos, beginning in a refugee camp in Tanzania, leading us through places such as a psychiatric hospital in Cuba, a Maximum Security Prison in South Africa and the renowned Star City in Russia, before ending in a forest in Patagonia. Each time, they documented the lives of the inhabitants by asking each of the sitters the same set of questions: “Why did you come here? Who is in power? Where do you go to be alone?”, then taking the picture. Their newest publication, Scarti came as something of a serendipitous reinterpretation of Ghetto. “Scarti di avviamento,” the pair explains, “is the technical term at offset printers in Italy for the paper that is fed through the printing press to clean the drums of ink between print
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