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October 06, 2011

"Waste Land" (video review)

Jardim Gramacho: February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker

Vik Muniz, a contemporary artist based in New York and originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, takes on one of his largest projects at one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho of Rio de Janeiro. In this film, Muniz photographs and interviews the people of Jardim Gramacho, who are known as the "Pickers" for their job of collecting recyclable materials from the landfill. Their individual personalities emerge as Muniz works with Tião Santos, the leader of the Association of Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, to understand the conditions at Gramacho and what is being done to improve them. Working with Muniz and providing their own creativity and inspiration, the Pickers help create their own stunning portraits from the photos Muniz takes and the materials of the landfill. Throughout the film Muniz addresses the question “Can art change people?” and by the end both he and the Pickers have their own answers to this question.

Jardim Gramacho: woman collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Jardim Gramacho: workers collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at October 6, 2011 10:00 AM

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