Pictures of Garbage & Chemi Rosado Seijo

Taylor Pittman

“Pictures of Garbage” – page 194

Who: Vik Muniz, born and raised in Brazil.

When: 2008 – present (these images are still around, the project is no longer running though).

Where: Jardim Gramacho, Brazil locacted just outside of Rio and is where the largest open-air dump is located out of all of South America (Jardim Gramacho is a 321-acre open area).

What: Muniz chose workers to help him design, and pose for massive portraits composed of the collected recyclables and garbage. He lifted the workers image through his art and paid all participants for their time they contributed, and materials. Muniz also auctioned off the works and donated his share of the sales to “The Garbage Pickers Association of Jardim Gramacho”. The most important thing Muniz did—he continued to collaborate with them to help enact a formal recycling program in Brazil to bring awareness of their labor to a wider public, and bolster a sense of dignity in this historically underrepresented community and more.

Why: Muniz began this topic as a project with his documentary film called “Wasteland” which was the drive for Pictures of Garbage. Muniz says in the movie Wasteland that,” What I want to be able to do is change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with everyday”.

http://www.wastelandmovie.com/   --the link to the preview of Wasteland.


“Chemi Rosado Seijo” – page 218

Who: El Cerro

When: 2002—present.

Where: The houses of Naranjito, located outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Chemi Rosado Seijo is a two part project that painted houses green in village of Naranijto and enlisted local youth to help paint the houses, hold workshops, conferences, and other events that brought positive press coverage to a community that dealt daily with reports of the endemic unemployment and crime. The project transforms public perception by presenting new approaches to the urban experience.

In 2005 Cerro was commissioned by the New York-based organization “Art in General” to explore Manhattan on a skateboard. He then outlined a map of the best skate sites and routes he located during his travels; his 15-foot diagram proposed alternatives for transportation as well as a new understanding to the city.

Why: El Cerro wanted to bring awareness to the village in Puerto Rico that was being over run by crime and constant unemployment, and worked with others to create something that attracted positive influence throughout this village.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgeUHJs9oS4 --the link to information about the project Chemi Rosado Seijo.



Both art projects took place in South America near each other, and both artists contributed to the greater good. They began these projects to help others in need in South America, and to bring awareness to the states.


They way the projects were compiled was different (one with photography, the other with fine arts).

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