Screening: Waste Land, with Vik Muniz
Film screening and discussion
Drinks reception: 6:30 pm
Screening: 7:00 pm
Q&A: 8:40 pm
Waste Land (2010, Lucy Walker, in Portuguese and English with English subtitles, 95 min.) follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he embarks on an artistic endeavor with a group of "catadores" — trash pickers, in Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This Academy Award-nominated documentary, filmed over nearly three years, chronicles Muniz’s collaboration with these marginalized individuals to create monumental portraits of them using collected recyclable materials, and in the process reveals both the dignity and despair of these catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Waste Land offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art over the human spirit.
Muniz will be present to answer questions on the film, and discuss his other projects after the screening.
Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist currently living in both New York City and Rio de Janerio. Muniz is renowned for his ingenious practice of engaging with unusual materials – dust, sugar, chocolate, diamonds, caviar, toys, paper hole-punches, junk, dry pigment — to reconstruct images, often with an art historical references. In 2001, Muniz represented the Brazilian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale. He has had exhibitions at prestigious institutions around the world and his work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Tate Gallery, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to name a few. Muniz was recently named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for his contributions in education and social development, in particular for his work with the catadores.
Video: Trailer for Waste Land (2 min., 16 sec.):