> To celebrate European Museum Night, the Lambert Collection in Avignon is staging an evening of video projections.
> From 8.30pm, the evening starts with a selection of videos from contemporary artists and from 9.30pm, continues with the projection of a documentary film, “Waste Land”, looking at the artist Vik Muniz’s vision of the world’s largest rubbish dump in Brazil.
> During the evening, visitors of the Église des Célestins will also have the chance to appreciate Muniz’s installation from 6pm until midnight.
The 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary, Waste Land, tells the story of Vik Muniz’s artistic project at the world’s largest rubbish dump, Jardim Gramacho, in the Rio de Janeiro suburbs. The artist deployed the site’s rubbish collectors, the catadores, to model for him and enlisted them to produce works from the materials they sort. Inspired by masterpieces of art history such as Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son, Picasso’s Woman Ironing and David’s Death of Marat, the catadores’ creations were then photographed by the artist for his exhibition.
The three-year collective project was followed up by an auction in London, from which money raised was donated to the catadores’ association to finance of social projects, such as the construction of an education centre.
The documentary tells the story of the artistic adventure through images of the site, creative process and works, accompanied by interviews with the projects’ participants.