Sunday, March 30, 2014

Artists with Social Roles- Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz is an artist that I have respected since I learned of his work in 2011. Vik was born to a poor neighborhood in Brazil, but built himself an artist life in New York. The work that inspires me is his trash series with the catadores of Brazil. Vik  Muniz created portraits of the catadores with the trash that they had collected and a warehouse floor as the canvases.  Not only did he manage to show the importance of the seemingly small people through the scale, but massive donations were made to the people who helped in the process and their fellow catadores; not in an effort to save them from their lives, but to help show that their lives are important.  

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