The Laundry Sherpas of Brooklyn
Truthlikeness in a thing sometimes helps people to explore an idea better than truth itself; The Laundry Sherpas of Brooklyn is a fictive story created using documentary methods. It is a conceptual narrative that resides at the intersection of fact and fiction, created in collaboration with the denizens (aka the sherpas) of the borough on their way to do their washing. For a wider edit, please see my website.
Artist Statement: Journeying through the outskirts of their borough, the laundry sherpas of Brooklyn traverse the urban-industrial into the psycho-geographical territory of shifting land utilization. In hopes of finding the river, they bear their loads and navigate through the built landscape, confronting a lack of a natural environment in which to cleanse their daily habits. They travel through the transitional landscape and the edges of those places where nature and the man-altered topography intersect, but cannot escape the walls which line their path. The laundry sherpas of Brooklyn discard their belongings, rest, and recall a bucolic past in an effort to release the weights they carry, but unless they regain the memory of the way to the river, they will have no choice but to abandon their quest in the terrain vague and return to a consumptive society.