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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?
Hebron.
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.

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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.

Issue 6

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October 2017
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