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Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz was born in São Paulo, and currently he lives and works in New York and Rio de Janeiro.

A comprehensive retrospective of his work was exhibited throughout Brazil in 2009/2010, after being exhibited in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The spaces where it was exhibited include the Art Museum Miami, the Seattle Art Museum, the PS1 MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, and was visited for five hundred thousand people. In 2011 and 2012, this retrospective was presented at the Museu Coleção Berardo, in Lisbon, at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain, and at the Collection Lambert museum, in Avignon, France.

This artist’s works are part of the collection of the largest international museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum J. Paul Getty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among other. Besides his artistic work, Vik is engaged in social projects, which use the artistic conception as a lever for change.

 

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O Colador de Cacos

Earthenware is a deeply symbolic material of the continuity of values within a family throughout generations, both for its fragility and for its heredity. I remember perfectly the sorrow my mother felt every time some old crockery would break at home. These objects carried memories of weddings, funerals, christenings, Christmas dinners and Sunday lunches, the remaining and traces of all the ancestors who had used such dinnerware, alas, it was as if an entire genetic strain had disintegrated. I still see her, sad, trying to glue the pieces back together, as if repairing the past the best way she could. O colador de cacos [the pieces’ fixer] is a kind of memory elf. Assuming all its imperfections, he carves the impossible shape of the legacy of family conventions and traditions. It is an entity that appears in the night to fix the artificial and confusing manner in which we set our memories.