February 28-May 29, 2016
The High will premiere a major retrospective of the work of celebrated contemporary photographer Vik Muniz as part of an international tour. Co-organized by the High and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, the exhibition will examine the full breadth of this imaginative artist’s career and will feature nearly 150 photographs, including many of Muniz’s most recent works.
Muniz (born 1961, São Paulo, Brazil) is distinguished as one of the most innovative and creative artists of the 21st century. Renowned for creating what he calls “photographic delusions,” Muniz works with a dizzying array of unconventional materials—including sugar, tomato sauce, diamonds, magazine clippings, chocolate syrup, dust and junk—to painstakingly design narrative subjects before recording them with his camera. His resulting photographs often quote iconic images from popular culture and the history of art while defying easy classification and playfully engaging a viewer’s process of perception. His more recent work utilizes electron microscopes and manipulates microorganisms to unveil both the familiar and the strange in spaces that are typically inaccessible to the human eye.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York City/Paris/Lausanne, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.