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VELLOSO, Marta Pimenta. From garbage production to residue transformation. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.4, pp.2229-2249. ISSN 1678-4561.

This research has a starting point the promising articulation between recyclable waste materials pickers and visual artists. Their intersection point is the way they reshape the remnants of the consumption society: waste pickers give new uses to objects bringing dignity to cast out materials, while visual artists reshape these subjectively refused objects into art, giving them new social value. This study tries to locate the continuity gap we created in regard to waste materials processing - what may they tell about us? Where do they stand at our social scale of values? Thus it becomes clear how waste objects aren't just technical realities but renewed values. Approaching waste objects with a logic that merely envisages their technical side would leave behind something they had as an essential part.

Keywords : Recyclable material pickers; Creativity and art; Social emancipation; Environmental education.

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