Oscar Muñoz. Protographs

Oscar Muñoz’s work constructs and deconstructs itself as we look at it. It is an organic, mutant, shifting œuvre that requires the viewer’s presence in order to exist. That viewer must not only move around the exhibition space but also, and above all, come close, move away, lean back, breathe in and out, stalk and wait: in other words, watch the time of the image as it passes.

“Protographs” is a coherent compilation of the works and installations that have made Oscar Muñoz one of the most renowned contemporary artists in his native Colombia and Latin America as a whole. This first solo exhibition in France, co-organised by the Banco de la República in Bogotá and the Jeu de Paume in Paris, includes a new work, co-produced by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, and the Jeu de Paume, titled El coleccionista (“The Collector”, 2014). It comprises a three-channel video piece depicting an individual organising, assembling and selecting what seems to be a personal archive of images (photographs and projections). The project’s underlying concept evokes the capacity of images to insert themselves into numerous intersecting accounts, from one image to the next and one meaning to the next. These images, which relate to the artist and his particular concerns, are not resolved in a single story; rather, they propose multiple narratives that superimpose themselves on each other, coming together between past and present and between memory and time.

Marta Gili
Director Jeu de Paume

Forewords by Marta Gili and by José Darío Uribe; texts by José Roca and Emmanuel Alloa; conversation between María Wills Londoño and the artist.
176 pages, bilingual French/English, €35.
Co-edition Jeu de Paume / Filigranes Éditions / Museo del Banco de la República.

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