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WWW (World Map), Pictures of Junk

Date: 2008
Support: Photography
Dimensions: Triptych of 149 x 102 cm (each panel)

Made from waste collected in the garbage dumps of Rio de Janeiro, the Pictures of Junk series put detritus on a par with an artistic medium. Vik Muniz recycles what he finds on an abandoned airfield and puts together gigantic jigsaw puzzles before photographing them from a crane, as in this map of the world’s junk.

 The multiple levels of perception and understanding of the work is revealed according to the point of view adopted by the viewer. What is the right distance to see the world ? To distance oneself, to put oneself to the side, or to come as close as possible? The place of the human being is between the infinitely large and the infinitely small.

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