Oscar Muà ±oz: Biografà ­as

5 Mar 2011 – 27 Mar 2011

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Manchester, United Kingdom


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Programmed alongside the 17th edition of ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, this solo show from leading Colombian artist Oscar Muà ±oz features video installation Biografà ­as (2002) and single screen projection Là ­nea del destino (Line of Destiny) (2006). Muà ±oz' work explores universal themes of memory and human loss within the challenging socio-political situation in his native Colombia, and his evocative pieces trace the impact of years of conflict on his fellow Colombians. Working across a variety of media that include: photography, printmaking, drawing, installation and moving image, Muà ±oz employs a range of unusual image-making techniques and materials to reflect the transient nature of memories. For Biografà ­as, Muà ±oz uses a screen-printing process and sprinkles coal dust on water to create portraits which, when filmed, produce images that slowly distort and wash away as the water is drained. These shifting and mutating images have hypnotic qualities that encourage viewers to question the permanence and immutability of the photographic image.


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