Friday, October 14, 2011

Wasteland: an inspiring documentary

A friend recommended to see this documentary and I'm glad we did. I watched it a few weeks ago and I still think of it often. It's so beautiful to see how art can change peoples life, and in this movie literally. It's a very moving documentary about the people who work in the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Together with artist Vic Muniz they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage (around 50m2 on the floor), that reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

Final Magna photographic print entitled “The Gypsy Magna–Pictures of Garbage”                                  

View down onto Irma’s portrait on the floor, here you can see the scale very well.                               

Close-up of Irma’s face in portrait
(Screen grab) 
Photographs by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

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