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Art Land

You have probably seen it already, but let’s talk about it some more — Waste Land is one of the best documentary movies I have ever watched, which is saying a lot cause I hate documentaries. It is about finding the beauty in an ugly place – the garbage in art, but also in the people who live there. It is making art out of trash and the potential of art changing people. These people initially were doing it for the money, some maybe a little curious, but not showing it. Towards the end of the movie, it was insane how affected they were by, essentially, ‘trash’. He had transformed these people and how they viewed art. They didn’t want to stop creating!

Vik Muniz recorded not just the art process, but the very dry beginnings as well. He showed us the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and the people who lived there, especially those in the garbage work. Something that came to mind while I was watching this documentary was the recycling and consumption issues. There was just so much trash! It made me more conscious on what recycling habits. His expression, “99 is not 100” mimics in my brain every time I go throw something away, along with the familiar terms, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”




  1. gricci wrote:

    This was a great movie and a great perspective on how art can really impact particular people or even a whole city.

    Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:56 am | Permalink
  2. jcarro11 wrote:

    This was a great movie. The artist touched soo many lives while he was in their town. To see their reactions when he showed them the work they helped him complete.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:40 am | Permalink
  3. kcolema7 wrote:

    I loved this movie! I think about the people in it from time to time and hope they’re doing alright.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:25 am | Permalink