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Waste Land

  • Indiana University Cinema 1213 East 7th Street Bloomington, IN, 47405 United States (map)

Filmed over a period of nearly three years, this documentary traces the contemporary photographer Vik Muniz from his studio in Brooklyn to his Brazilian homeland. His subject is the world’s largest garbage dump (Jardim Gramacho on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro) and its pickers (catadores) of recyclable materials. Beyond looking at the artistic process and poverty, it presents an uplifting story of the transformative power of art. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and went on to be nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Waste Land features music by Moby. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles.  (Digital Presentation)

Nan Brewer, the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, will discuss photographs from Vik Muniz’s Pictures of Garbage series, the subject of the documentary, which are included in the museum’s major mid-career retrospective of the artist.

Gallery Talk: Muniz in Focus
October 23 – Sunday – 2:00–2:30 p.m. 
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor is at the
Indiana University Art Museum
1133 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405

Movie: Waste Land
October 23 – Sunday – 3:00–4:40 p.m.
Indiana University Cinema
1213 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405