Dirt and Chocolate: Vik Muniz Exposes the Political Underbelly of Ordinary Materials
Vik Muniz has a magician’s touch for transforming the mundane and, just as effortlessly, the spectacular into art. The Brazilian photographer has manipulated everything from trash, ink, sugar, and magazine clippings to diamonds, to create the images that make up the source material of his photographs. In several works he created in the late 1990s, Muniz focused on something even more elemental: dirt. Well, that and a little bit of spilled milk.