Dear Shaded Viewers,
“Shared Roots” was created by artist Vik Muniz, inspired by his short residency at Maison Ruinart in Reims. Muniz exhibits a collection of his work at the Palais Brongniart held on the 15th March 2019. His art ranges in the forms of carefully curated photographs, plant installations, videos, and virtual reality via the implementation of QR codes.
One of his pieces, a photograph of the hands of Frédéric Panaïotis, the cellar master of Ruinart, mirrors the relationship between man and nature. In this photograph, Panaïotis grasps a grape vine in his vascular hands. Vik Muniz composes this simple image so that Panaïotis’ veins are seamlessly blurred into the knots of the vine; erasing the boundaries between man and nature- referring to the title of his collection: “Shared Roots”.
During his residency at Maison Ruinart, Muniz discovers that the harsh climate of Reims produces the best quality fruit to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He interprets this as “the more difficult the path, the better the results”. Ruinart, established in 1726, is the first champagne house in the world. It was then that the champagne house began a very special relationship with the world of art, which continues to prosper today. Vik Muniz’s work mirrors the ties between the world of art of Ruinart.