wasteland.dvd


One of the most exciting exhibits to wind through Denver over the last few years was the 2007 Vik Muniz exhibit at the Museo de las Americas. Muniz is internationally known for his witty riffs on the history of art, recreating great masterpieces out of chocolate sauce, PB&J and dust to name just a few of his eclectic media. One of his themes, portraits from arranged junkyard detritus, became the narrative of an Academy Award nominated documentary "Waste Land" which had a brief one week run in Denver last year, and is now available on DVD and as a streaming selection on Netflix. The film by Lucy Walker chronicles Muniz' travels from his US base in Brooklyn back to his native Brazil where he collaborates with scavengers who eek out a living plucking recyclables from
"the world's largest garbage dump" and then chronicles their myriad self-portraits built up from the intricately arranged refuse. - KLH

 

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