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AK Contemporary: Vik Muniz

Friday, November 2, 2012, 5:15 pm

Poster for Waste Land

FREE for Members
$5 for non-members

5:15 pm
Lecture: “Vik Muniz: Imagery in Art”
With Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma 

5:45 pm
Film: Waste Land, 2010
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to reimagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker and Co-directors Joãs Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

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