Recycling as a state of mind - Recycling in art
Small Hall, Municipal Library, from 7 pm
Evening programs devoted to recycling in art.
lecture and projection
RECYCLING IN 20th- AND 21st –CENTURY ART: A HISTORICAL SURVEY TO THE PRESENT DAY
Dušan Brozman, art historian
THE ART OF TRASH / WASTE LAND
(documentary / Brazil, UK, 2010, 95 min / director: Lucy Walker, music: Moby
Coming from the world´s largest landfills, here is an incredible yet true story of a well-known New York artist and a group known as os catadores (trash-pickers). The documentary whose shooting took nearly three years follows a well-known artist, Vik Muniz, on a journey from Brooklyn to his native Brazil, to the world´s largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho, at the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The site has likewise become known through a series of photographs of members of an informal workforce known as os catadores (scavengers), or waste pickers. While Muniz´s initial aim was to paint catadores at work
sorting out the trash, as his interaction with the group grew deeper, it inspired him to make photographs of the community´s members and combine them with objects gathered at the landfill, creating powerful images revealing both the dignity and the despair of these human individuals. The film´s director, Lucy Walker, with assistants Joao Jardim and Karen Harley, had full access to the creative process at all stages, documenting it up to its climax, to offer a fascinating proof of the transforming power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.