Vik Muniz, whose book Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer was published by Aperture in 2005, is the subject of a new documentary directed by filmmaker Lucy Walker. The new film titled: Wasteland follows Muniz as he embarks on an ambitious and moving project in his Native Brazil, traveling from Brooklyn where he currently resides to the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, home of the world’s largest garbage dump Jardim Gramacho. Collaborating with Catadores: workers who comb the dump for recyclable materials, Muniz constructs images from the garbage itself, transforming the materials being worked with while promoting wider awareness around issues surrounding waste, the ways landfills affect surrounding communities and reminding us all the potential power and impact of art. Wasteland opens in New York this Friday at the Angelika Film Center.
Opens in New York Friday, October 29th, 2010
Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston Street
New York, New York