In January 2018 Grundy and Maués visited Lixão da Estrutural, the Estructural dump, a landfill in the city of Brasília, Brazil, to document it before it was due to close later that month. The largest in South America, the total area of the site is around 175-200 hectares and contains approximately over 50 million tonnes of garbage. Workers known as pickers, catadores, process around 1,000 tonnes of garbage daily, sorting through the debris for items of value such as recyclable plastics, paper and metal to sell. The images and film capture the sheer expanse of the dump, highlighting the culture of consumerism, transporting the viewer to the location and offering a sense of its scale.
THRIFT encourages the viewer to take a more informed and considered approach to their personal consumption of fashion, with a hope of opening a dialogue to promote an ethos of sustainability. Whilst championing vintage and thrift shopping.
THRIFT launches tonight in London, 59 Hackney Rd, E2, 6-9pm