Oscar Muñoz: Biografías
Cornerhouse has established a tradition of showing an annual exhibition by a contemporary Spanish or Latin American artist to complement the hugely popular iViva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. This year Cornerhouse presents a solo show by leading Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. It features the video installation Biografías (2002) and single screen projection Línea del destino (Line of Destiny) (2006). Oscar Muñoz: Biografías runs from 5-27 March and admission is free.
Muñoz’ work explores universal themes of memory and human loss within the challenging socio-political situation in his native Colombia, and his evocative pieces trace the impact of years of conflict on his fellow Colombians.
Working across a variety of media that include photography, printmaking, drawing, installation and moving image, Muñoz employs a range of unusual image-making techniques and materials to reflect the transient nature of memories. For Biografías, he uses a screen-printing process and sprinkles coal dust on water to create portraits which, when filmed, produce images that slowly distort and wash away as the water is drained. These shifting and mutating images have hypnotic qualities that encourage viewers to question the permanence of the photographic image.
About Oscar Muñoz
Oscar Muñoz was born in Popayan, Colombia in 1951. He has exhibited internationally and his work is held in collections such as Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; Daros Collection, Zurich; Miami Art Museum, Florida; and Hirshorn Museum, Washington D.C. He lives and works in Cali, Colombia.
Wed 9 March, 18:00
FREE, Booking required
This gallery discussion, facilitated by James Scorer, Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester explores the works in Oscar Muñoz: Biografías and discusses them within the context of contemporary Latin American art.
Thu 10 March, 18:00
Spanish language gallery discussion
FREE, Booking required
This gallery discussion, also facilitated by James Scorer, will give Spanish speakers and learners the opportunity to discuss in Spanish the works in Oscar Muñoz: Biografías.
Related events A selection of Colombian films and special events during ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival will complement the Oscar Muñoz show:
Los Viajes del viento
Dir Ciro Guerra / CO 2009 / 117 min
Sat 26 March 181.0 and Sun 27 March 16.00
Los Colores de la montaña
(The Colours of the Mountain)
Carlos César Arbeláez / CO 2010 / 90 min
Fri 25 March, 18.20 and Wed 16 March, 10.00 (GCSE study morning)
Los Pecados de mi padre
(Sins of My Father)
Dir Nicolas Entel / CO 2009 / 94 min
Wed 16 March, 20.30 and Fri 18 March, 16.10