Brazilian-American, born 1961
Vik, 2 Years Old, from the Album series, 2014
Digital chromogenic print
99 1/2 x 71 inches
© Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Vik, 2 Years Old (2014), by Brazilian-American photographer Vik Muniz, was recently acquired for the High’s photography collection. Muniz is distinguished as one of the most innovative and creative artists of the twenty-first century. Renowned for creating what he calls “photographic delusions,” Muniz works with a dizzying array of unconventional materials to painstakingly design narrative subjects before recording them with his camera.
This large-scale photograph (approximately eight by six feet) is from the artist’s Album series, in which he draws inspiration from specific typologies found in family photo albums of the early twentieth century. Muniz fastidiously builds replicas of those generic yet familiar moments by collecting thousands of discarded snapshots at flea markets, cutting them up into small pieces, and pasting them together as a collage to form a scene. This photograph is a re-creation of a snapshot of the artist himself when he was two years old.
Vik, 2 Years Old is the fourth work by Muniz to enter the Museum’s collection and is a perfect complement to the High’s self-portrait of Muniz as a mature artist, Khyber Pass, Self-Portrait as an Oriental, after Rembrandt, from the Pictures of Junk series (2005).