Mayhem in Moab
by Renée Reizman
Foyer Gallery, Moab Arts (111 E 100 N)
Inspired by true crime procedurals and podcasts, these portraits of the Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority staff recast sanitation workers as detectives.
Reizman's photos and interviews illuminate the valuable community service these community members contribute to Moab by keeping streets clean, helping police officers track down evidence, and eliminating dangerous fire hazards from our environment. The project also imagines an alternate system of law enforcement. With unlimited access to the waste stream, unarmed sanitation workers could be trained in forensic science to help solve crime.
This work was completed while in residence this August with the Moab Arts Reuse Residency.
Stop by the Foyer Gallery to check out the work and write a thank you postcard to our local sanitation workers.
Renée Reizman describes herself as a "relational artist," working with communities to co-author dialogues about public policy, infrastructure, and intersectionality. Through interviews, storytelling, archival research, participatory workshops, and field work, she studies how people empower objects — via law, monetary value, craftsmanship, sentimental value, displaced anger — and collaboratively creates public programs, artworks, and exhibitions to amplify their voices. She's worked with both urban and rural localities and institutions, including the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, quilters across rural Nebraska, and university students in Northwestern Oklahoma.
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