Oscar Murillo

Ohne Titel, 2019

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Oscar Murillo’s (born in La Paíla, Columbia, in 1986, lives and works in London) homeground is painting, but he creates wide-ranging installations by combining it with video, drawing, sculpture and performance. Materials stitched together, such as cotton and linen, provide the bases for his painting, and he then covers them in monochrome black or an expressionistic style. His focus takes in materials, processes and the topic of physical labour, as well as questions of migration, community, exchange and trade in today’s globalised world. These concerns are deeply anchored in Murillo’s personal history and the way his creativity functions. Time after time in his art, there surface links to the life, the culture and the working conditions in his birthplace, the factory-town of La Paíla.

At the Kunstverein, Murillo has devised the exhibition, Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity. His point of departure for it is his belief in a geographical, cultural and socio-political solidarity in the face of the collective social darkness we are heading towards. The editions being offered by the Kunstverein this year have, then, come about in the wake of this exhibition. These comprise prints on washi paper and consist of newspaper cuttings the artist has covered with repeated slogans and abstract lines. The newspaper articles hail from last year and deal with current issues, such as violence against women, war, starvation and racism. The words superimposed on them, like “Law”, “Power” or “News”, describe hierarchical mechanisms affecting societies. The drawings are available as unique pieces and, as they comment on events, represent an alternative form of language.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2019
  • Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity, Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
    Violent Amnesia, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (S)
    Turner Prize, Turner Contemporary, Margate (S)
  • 2018
  • 10. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (G)
  • 2017
  • Dis Place, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, AZE (S)
  • 2016
  • Towards a larger World, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (G)
    6. Marrakesch Biennale, Marrakesch (G)
  • 2015
  • Albert the kid is ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (S)
    56. Biennale di Venezia (G)
  • 2014
  • The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (G)
  • 2013
  • If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator, South London Gallery, London (G)