PRINT March 2003

’80s AGAIN

Vik Muniz

Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills were very touching: They locate the individual within the context of mass media. You watch movies, and suddenly you’re living the life of these characters—projecting yourself into the plot. What of that experience remains when you leave the theater? There’s a kind of aftertaste. The Film Stills are copies, plagiarizing the viewer’s desire to play all those roles. Sherman did something so plain, even kind of silly, but it was the best thing to happen in the ’80s. Those images made me want to take pictures because they had something of the theater in them: a sort of double-presentation, scenes shot through other scenes.

As told to Tim Griffin