Picking and Grinning
Vik Muniz mixes it up
Having grown up in São Paulo, Vik Muniz spent several decades in New York, which is where his career as an artist began in earnest. Now back in Brazil, his way of working is still very much based on using the materials at hand to create reconfigured compositions, with the final work taking the form of a photograph. Appropriating existing imagery, he creates imaginary scenes that exhibit the self-same qualities as those they are imitating.