Waste Land

Yesterday I saw the mesmerising documentary, Waste Land, which features Brazilian artist Vic Muniz. It follows his journey to the landfill, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he begins a project photographing those who scavenge through the rubbish for recyclable goods. Those photographs get enlarged into pieces of art that are outlined in objects found in the landfill and the workers help with the process. It’s quite extraordinary on so many levels, including the discussions he has about the role Muniz plays in their lives and whether they’ll be able to go back to scavenging after the project is complete. It also engages with the problem of a society that refuses to deal with its waste and the repercussions of it. Here is a trailer. It can be downloaded on iTunes.

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