Through the foodcycle free days of the Easter holidays, here’s something to tide you over until the next Student Restaurant.
Waste Land is a new documentary about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who travels to the world’s largest landfill in Rio to “paint” the portraits of the catadores who work there picking rubbish from the dumps that can be sold on and recycled. Using only waste materials from the landfill, Muniz, along with the catadores themselves, creates huge portraits of the workers, photographs of which are sold at auction to raise money for the Association of Recycling Pickers of Jardim Gramacho- a community association set up by Tiao Santos, a catadore himself, to protect the catadore’s rights.
The characters Muniz meets are inspirational, and it shows what incredible things really can be done with waste products. Despite doing a job that is often looked down on as dirty,the catadores are proud of what they do. As Tiao Santos says- they are not garbage pickers, but recycing pickers.
Heres the website to find out more:
If you’re in Bristol at the moment head down to the Cube tomorrow night to see it- I couldn’t recommend it more highly!