Wednesday, June 24, 2009

For Those Who Love Scraps More Than Wholes

Agnes Varda's documentary The Gleaners and I takes the viewer across France to visit fields after harvest and the people who find food in them - or sculptural materials in trash bins, or dinner in trash bins for themselves and their neighbors, or heart-shaped potatoes and clocks without hands.

The film resonated with my favorite biblical quote as of late - "The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone" (Psalm 118:22).

What is discarded is essential. . .