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About the Waste Man

The Waste Man picture by Alan Marcus

The iconic image of the 10th RAI Festival features The Waste Man, a 20 metre structure built out of waste (including furniture, pianos, toilet seats) by the leading British sculptor and sometime student of anthropology, Antony Gormley. It was constructed for Artangel, producers of Exodus, a feature film written and directed by Penny Woolcock, herself also a former student of anthropology. The photograph was taken on location by Alan Marcus, co-director of the 10th Festival, in October 2006.

Exodus is a contemporary retelling of the story of Moses. It concerns a group of asylum seekers and other marginalised individuals who have been incarcerated by The Pharoah, a right-wing populist, at Dreamland, an old fun fair (the very same location featured in Lindsay Anderson’s celebrated 1956 documentary). In the film, the inhabitants of Dreamland, led by Moses, build The Waste Man as a gesture of defiance and then set fire to it.

Currently still in production, Exodus will be released in the autumn of 2007.


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