Twenty Minutes in Houston – David Pace

David Pace
Untitled (Karaba 3029), 2009, from the series Karaba Brick Quarry

Archival pigment print photograph
Available in two sizes, as follows:
13.25x20", limited edition of 5 numbered prints in this size: $700.
24x36" limited edition of 8 numbered prints in this size: $1,800.
Signed by the artist.
Print prices are set by the artist and increase as the edition sells out.

The artist states, "Karaba is a rural village in the southwestern corner of Burkina Faso (in West Africa) located about 20 kilometers from the larger village of Bereba. Outside the village, a short distance off the dusty main road, is a quarry where men carve bricks from solid stone using picks and shovels. The rock is called laterite (from the Latin later meaning 'brick'). The Karaba quarry has been in constant use for nearly thirty years. The bricks, loaded onto wagons and taken to nearby villages, are the basic building blocks for the homes, buildings, and walls that structure the surrounding communities.

My first visit to the Karaba quarry was in January 2008. I was immediately captivated by the architectural quality of the space, the dazzling color, and the men who work there. The quarry is like a magical, ever-changing work of earth art. I spend many afternoons at the quarry on my annual trips to Burkina Faso. I have developed a relationship with the quarrymen over the years. They have a great sense of humor and enjoy being photographed. Each year I bring back and give away prints of all the images from the previous year."

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