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I saw Wasteland last week and it is well deserving of a place on your netflix cue.  It follows Vik Muniz as he makes portraits of garbage pickers in Brazil out of their own materials.  He involves the subjects in the construction of their own portraits and it is a very beautiful process.  It made me think about the awesome power of art to transport, inform, and empower people to see the world in a new way–in this case, equally for viewer, Muniz, and the participating pickers/artists.

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.