Oscar Murillo. Estructuras resonantes
Catalogue of the exhibition

Making use of its immediate environment, the work of Oscar Murillo (born in La Paila, Colombia, in 1986) draws upon personal memories and experiences. Embracing diverse media, Murillo’s practice combines painting, sculpture and video to form immersive installations and embraces a far-ranging practice that includes public interventions and performances, as well as community-based projects. Concepts are free to be transferred, distributed and repackaged through processes of exchange, collaboration and, most importantly, production. Influenced by non-Western practices of cultural consumption, his work encourages us to challenge forms of hegemony, while pointing towards alternative ways of being and living together.

In the exhibition Estructuras resonantes [Resonant Structures], Murillo combines a series of works made in collaboration with friends, family and other agencies to form a poetic framework shaped by the experiences of the familiar yet unknowable lives of other people. Tracing and documenting journeys through Asia, Europe, Latin America and North Africa, the project is a reflection on how cultural production informs our sense of place, community and belonging, wherever we find ourselves.

Echoing the exhibition, the book Estructuras resonantes publishes the accounts by workers from a Colombian confectionery factory – based in Murillo’s home town – who were invited by the artist to go about their daily work as usual in a New York gallery space for two months in 2014. Their intervention was part of the project A Mercantile Novel, revealing parallels between Murillo’s art-making and other forms of mass-production less often associated with our social and personal identities, even if they are integral to the character of national culture.
This publication also features some reproductions of the artist’s book THEM, started in 2015 by Murillo and presenting photographs of his family’s experiences dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s – from his fathers activism as a young union worker in La Cabaña, a large Colombian sugarcane plantation, to the family’s early years living in East London.

Texts by Osei Bonsu and Oscar Murillo;
conversation between Osei Bonsu and Françoise Vergès.

Paperback, 15 × 21 cm, 64 pages.
Bilingual French / English.
Co-edition: Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux / Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz.
Price: 14 euros.

E-pub version: price, 6.99 euros.

To buy the catalogue: www.librairiejeudepaume.org

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