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Film Screening

Waste Land: Q&A with Lesley A. Martin and Ellen Keiter

Thursday, January 23

7:30 pm

Jacob Burns Film Center 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY


Join the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, for a special screening of Vik Muniz’s film Waste Land, followed by a Q&A with Lesley A. Martin, publisher of Aperture Foundation’s books program, and Ellen Keiter, director of exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York.

Until its closure in 2012, the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, was home to a community of trash pickers (or catadores) who eked out a living by selling their finds. Their lives were changed forever when artist Vik Muniz, a Brazilian native, collaborated with them on a project. Among the catadores featured in the film are the charismatic leader Tião, who founds a recycling center and workers’ clinic, and Suelem, a young mother who’s proud to earn an honest wage. Waste Land is an eloquent demonstration of the revelatory power of portraiture.

This program is presented in association with the Katonah Museum of Art. The KMA exhibition Eye to I…3,000 Years of Portraits (through February 16) showcases portraits from ancient Egypt and Rome, as well as contemporary work by Vik Muniz, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and Diane Arbus.

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Image: Vik Muniz, Marat/Sebastião—Pictures of Garbage, 2008. Courtesy Vik Muniz Studio

Waste Land: Q&A with Lesley A. Martin and Ellen Keiter