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.