"Paralyzed by the Recycling Paradise"

An artistic exploration of waste recycling in Addis Ababa
27 May - 6 June 2011 and 27 April - 9 May 2012

As a participating artist in the exhibition “examples to follow”, which introduced international positions on the nexus between art and ecology in Addis Ababa in May 2012, Nana Petzet was offered the opportunity by the Goethe-Institut and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung to conduct a field study on the handling of used sales packaging in one of the world's poorest countries. In collaboration with Ethiopian artists Helen Zeru and Tesfahun Kibro, she documented the recycling section of the “Mercato”, a huge market in the center of the city. Nana Petzet compiled a collection of 50 recycling objects and, of every purchased item, inquired about its provenance, date of manufacture and function. Sales packaging is transformed into hand-made household items, which, highly prized by a large number of consumers, gives us a good idea of day-to-day life in Addis Ababa: from cooking on a fire pit made from tin cans to washing clothes in the sawn-off bottom of an oil canister. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Gegenüberstellung der vor Ort gesammelten Recyclingobjekte mit den Kunstobjekten des SBF-Systems, Goehte-Institut Addis Abeba

Fig. 1-27, 28-33, Photo: Helen Zeru
Fig. 34, Photo: Marc Aldinger