Unfortunately, it does not look like we will be seeing Vik Muniz's work in London any time soon. It seems like his exhibits will mainly be in Brasil, United States and Japan this year.
Even though the only piece I have had a chance to see in person was the one at the Miami Basel "The Bearer" in December. I can't stop thinking of his work and have become such a fan that I just have to share him with you. It is the "Pictures of Garbage" series that entices me, just the kind of Art that I would like to write more about here at ArtEco. New, different, stunning and with an ecological message.
The "Pictures of Garbage" series has been done in Brasil, where he was born in Sao Paulo, in a working class family. When he was young he was shot in the leg while trying to break up a fight, for the compensation money he went to New York and ended up staying there.
But he did go back to do the "Pictures of Garbage" project. A project about the worlds largest garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro, and the people living in it. The profits from these photos, has been donated back to the people who live in this place.
As you can see it is an intensive labor process and in real life a large installation behind the photos.
The models that has been used lives in the wasteland.
Vik Muniz makes them shine!
Marat (Sebastio) ©Vik Muniz
Mother and Children (Suellen) 2008 ©Vik Muniz
Sisyphus, After Titan ©Vik Muniz 2006
Atlanta and Hippomenes after Guido Reni ©Vik Muniz
The Bearer ©Vik Muniz
Woman Ironing (Isis) 2008 © Vik Muniz
See more about Vik Muniz in the Award Documented film "Wasteland" .
Breathtaking, don't you think?