The Intersection of Art and Life
Acclaimed Brooklyn, NY-based artist Vik Muniz returns to his native country of Brazil, where he embarks upon a remarkable creative journey with a group of men and women who toil as catadores (garbage pickers) at Jardim Gramacho, a Rio de Janiero landfill.
The catadores spend their work days digging through muck and gore, extracting stuff they can recycle, earning $20 to $25 per day to support their families.
Muniz taps several men and women for his art project — to photograph them, then work with them to convert their images into huge collages created from trash — which will be exhibited in his New York gallery.
Before selecting his cast, Muniz photographs extensively at Jardim Gramacho. Filmmaker Lucy Walker follows him, filming him as he shoots, and capturing the essence of the environment so truthfully you can practically smell the place. Huge garbage truck roll in, upend their containers and, as garbage avalanches from them, garbage pickers scamper up the rising mountains of waste to glean anything that can be recycled and sold. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN