Oscar Muñoz: Biografías

On view in the Main Gallery June 7 – July 26, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm,
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

Oscar Muñoz: Biografías features a selection of compelling video works by one of Latin America’s most significant contemporary artists. A recent recipient of the 2013 Prince Claus Award, Muñoz’ provocative videos investigate human conditions of fragility and explore the instability of the human image in relationship to constructions of history, identity, and memory. Featuring the potent three channel video installation Biografías (2002) as well as the single channel videos Línea del destino (2006) and Hombre de Arena (2006-2009), the exhibition presents works that examine the political and social conditions of contemporary Colombia, including its cultures of violence and poverty, while simultaneously evoking universal and archetypal conditions of human consciousness through allusions to Classical Greek mythology.

The Oscar Muñoz Biografías exhibition is organized by the UNM Art Museum as a satellite exhibition of Digital Latin America, organized by 516 Arts and partners. For more information about Digital Latin America please visit 516arts.org

Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, b. 1951) Biografías 2, 3 and 6, 2002 (still from video installation); Three channel video installation with wood, metal and microphones with audio; video, 7 minutes, edition 2/3; Purchase with The Carnegie Funds and gift of funds from NBT Charitable Trust, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder; 

Image courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery/© Oscar Muñoz; Photo: Jeff Wells/© CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder.

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, b. 1951) Línea del destino, 2006 (video still); Video without sound, 2 minutes; Courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery; © Oscar Muñoz.

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, b. 1951) Hombre de Arena, 2006-2009 (video still); HD/Blue Ray video; 3:40 minutes; Courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery; © Oscar Muñoz.

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, b. 1951) Hombre de Arena, 2006-2009 (video still); HD/Blue Ray video; 3:40 minutes; Courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery; © Oscar Muñoz.

Main Image:

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, b. 1951) Biografías 2, 3 and 6, 2002 (still from video installation); Three channel video installation with wood, metal and microphones with audio; video, 7 minutes, edition 2/3; Purchase with The Carnegie Funds and gift of funds from NBT Charitable Trust, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder; 

Image courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery/© Oscar Muñoz; Photo: Jeff Wells/© CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.