Riven Collective

Artistic Discipline: Performing ArtsTheater
Category: Creative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, & SustainabilityBrooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Clinton Hill

'Riven' is a theater piece conceived by Marina Zurita and created in collaboration with Laila Garroni and Josanna Vaz. The piece Is based on interviews with Brazilian waste pickers (known in Brazil as catadores/as), and is set to investigate the intersections between motherhood and accumulation of waste. In sharing this story, we hope to raise awareness and give voice to the global community of waste pickers – an invisible community that expands beyond Brazil, accounting for more than 20 million people around the world, collecting materials to be recycled and, therefore, contributing tremendously to the conservation of natural resources and energy while also reducing air/water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions through the reuse of materials. A community that lives at the intersection of motherhood and accumulation of waste, sorting discards and in doing so caring for a future other than their own.

Pictured left to right: Josanna Vaz, Laila Garroni and Marina Zurita