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  Participated in the Following Exhibitions Photographic Memory & Other Shots in the Dark <2002>
WEEDE PEEPO: Icons, Portraits y Gente <2005>
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Oscar Muñoz

Oscar Muñoz (born in 1951 in Popayan, Colombia) appropriates the generic ID photos of the deceased one finds in the obituaries published daily in Colombian newspapers. The rigid and frontal poses of the photographed subjects, and their hypnotic gaze looking straight at the lens, produce grim yet disturbing mementos of the rising count of political murders. Life and mortality become tragically superimposed. To produce "Los Narcisos" (1997-2002), Muñoz sifts charcoal powder through a photo-silkscreen and on to a tray of water. The image floats on the water's surface. As the days pass, the water evaporates, gently alters the particles of dust and finally disappears, leaving a dematerialized, slightly deteriorated, imprint of a man's face at the bottom of the tray (actually Muñoz himself posing in the manner of an obit photo). Muñoz’s unusual technique reflects the transitory and vulnerable condition of life in a culture overwhelmed by death. In "Aliento [Breath]" (1996-97), Muñoz reproduces found pictures of deceased people that manifest only when some one breathes on them. Breath and death and life and memory are all part of the same reflection the viewer sees when looking at him or herself in the mirror. Muñoz's artistic mediums are themselves metaphors of the fragile possibility of defying anonymity, oblivion, and death in a state of war. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions internationally at venues such as Throckmorton Gallery, New York, NY; Galería Metropolitana de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Museo de Arte de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderna, Bogotá, Colombia; Galería Garcís Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia Muse de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia and the Ledisflam Gallery, New York, NY. A selection of group exhibitions includes: Amnesia, Track 16 Gallery and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia; Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa; VI Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba; Re-aligning Visions, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 3rd Biennial Lose Angeles Invitational, Los Angeles, CA; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; the1st Kwangju International Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea; and The Palm Beach Community College Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL.