Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
 Worst Possible Illusion,
Worst Possible Illusion,
2006 Screening

F FOR FONTCUBERTA & WORST POSSIBLE ILLUSION: THE CURIOSITY CABINET OF VIC MUNIZ

NFB CInema
150 John St

CANADIAN PREMIERE

F FOR FONTCUBERTA

DIRECTED BY GERARDO PANICHI
& DANIELE VILLA; CITRULLO
INTERNATIONAL ET AL

(ITALY/SPAIN/CANADA, 2005, 57 MIN)

PHOTOGRAPHER IN ATTENDANCE

Joan Fontcuberta emerged from the
ashes of the conceptual art movement
in late-1970s Spain. Rejecting realistic
representation, he sought refuge in
the world of daydreams and illusions
through photomontage. A giant snail
crawls upon a boy sleeping in bed, a
white swan swims in an endless desert,
human hands dangle from a vine-covered
wall. Fontcuberta insists that his
pictures are not pranks, but “traps” to
force audiences to look closer and realize
the power of authenticity that photographs
have over them. Aside from
profiling this mischievous Catalan photographer,
this film raises deeper issues
about the manipulation of photographs.
what is propaganda?



WORST POSSIBLE ILLUSION:

THE CURIOSITY CABINET OF VIC MUNIZ

DIRECTED BY ANNE-MARIE RUSSELL;
MIXED GREENS

(USA, 2001, 54 MIN)

Chocolate syrup, sugar and wire are
some of the “ingredients” that go into
the visual art of Vic Muniz. Using everyday
materials, Muniz constructs pictures
and works of art that fool the eye. He
photographs wire sculptures that look
like line drawings of flowers and creates
haunting portraits made of sugar
on black paper to portray Caribbean
children whose parents labour in sugar
cane plantations. This film follows
Muniz on a whimsical journey from his
Brooklyn studio, to Arizona, where he
creates a gigantic bone “excavation” in
the desert, to his grandmother living
In his native Brazil. Growing up under
harsh political regimes, Muniz learned
early on that the safest way to communicate
was through coded language,
like that of a magician. His acclaimed
artwork embraces the notion that
appearances deceive, but also exudes
imagination, play and originality.

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Photography Festival

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