it smells of eagerness and embarrassment, and, most of all, longing
Borrowing Dionne Brand’s eloquent and fertile allegory of Torontonian’s unavoidable “spillage” of existences, odours, litter, touch, remnants, histories and difference, this work meditates on the politics and poetics of trash and invites us to engage with residual materials as affective objects that can narrate significant stories of Otherness through a self-reflective approach.
What are the literacies that are at stake in the presence of residues? What are the literacies of citizenship?And what are the intelligences of garbage? And how can we learn to read and value different ways of living that refuse to be dictated by an hegemonic urge towards cleanliness, progress and order?