Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia
February 20, 2022
June 05, 2022
About the Exhibition
Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia is the first retrospective of this Colombian artist’s work in the United States. Since the late 1980s, Muñoz has sought to reinvent the medium of photography through non-traditional materials and techniques. While he doesn’t consider himself a photographer, Muñoz strives to “hacer memoria”—“make memory”—in his works by turning photographic processes inside out: “I am interested in the instant and the processes that occur so that an image can become consolidated, or not, in memory.” Philosophical at their core, Muñoz’s artworks frequently use ephemeral materials like light, water, fire, and dust to illustrate the fragility of an image as a metaphor for the fragility of life. Although the images Muñoz creates often change or disappear, they stay transfixed in our minds.
Invisibilia spans five decades of Muñoz’s radical career and includes approximately 40 of his most evocative works, in which he combines photographic processes with drawing, printmaking, installation, video, sculpture, and interactive elements. Long overdue, this exhibition invites U.S. audiences to experience the invisibilia behind Muñoz’s poetic and innovative practice with works rarely seen outside of Colombia.
Organized by Vanessa Davidson, Curator of Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art
Chronology / Cronología
We are delighted to share a chronological framework that seeks to contextualize Oscar Muñoz’s work in relation to key artistic, cultural, and historical events that have taken place in Cali (where he resides) and in Colombia at large since the late 1940s.
Researched and written by Florencia Bazzano, Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art.
Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia is co-organized by the Blanton Museum of Art and Phoenix Art Museum.
Generous funding for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, with additional support from Ellen and David Berman, Michael Chesser, and Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino.
“Invisibilia” constitutes the first substantive monograph on Oscar Muñoz’s work in English. It aims to become one of the most significant research resources published on the artist’s work to date by addressing the entire span of the artist’s career, beginning in the 1970s and continuing to 2020.
Contributions by F. Bazzano-Nelson, N. Brizuela, V. K. Davidson, J. Fontcuberta, M. Gili, M. Mendez, O. Muñoz, M. I. Rodríguez, K. Salcido, E. Shtromberg, R. Storr, A. Uslenghi
Feature Image Credit
Oscar Muñoz, Editor solitario [Solitary Editor]; still, 2011, Blu-Ray video projection on a table with sound, 78 47/64 x 31 1/2 in. Collection of the artist (photo: courtesy of the artist)