Artists' Artists: Oscar Murillo

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, ‘Chilean Struggle’ series, 1985

A sustained commitment to a practice that has nothing to do with your art … A gift to a dying nation.
Therefore the intent is radically something else.
This isn’t about pictures, but an innate responsibility towards the symbolic portrayal of people who have a strong will to survive.
We have the contamination of individualism.
Could we speak about reconciliation, where do we begin?
Do I qualify?
What makes me the right subject to be asking these questions? Is it bearing witness to a near-fatal moment?
Dear reader, what galvanizes all your knowledge into passivity? The devastation is far removed.


Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, from the series ‘Chilean Struggle’, 1985. Acrylic, sawdust and glue on wood panel, 74 × 45 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sharjah Art Museum; photograph: Haupt & Binder. 

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, from the series ‘Chilean Struggle’, 1985, acrylic, sawdust and glue on wood panel, 74 x 45 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sharjah Art Museum; photograph: Haupt & Binder

Oscar Murillo lives in London, UK, and La Paila, Colombia. This year, his work has been included in exhibitions at Carlos/Ishikawa, London, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, Sharjah Biennial, UAE, Kathmandu Triennale, Nepal, and Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.

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