Collection: Oscar Muñoz

Oscar Muñoz
b. 1951, Popayán, Colombia; lives in Cali, Colombia¶
Cortinas de Baño (Shower Curtains), 1994
Acrylic on plastic, five curtains
74 x 28-1/2 inches, 73 x 28 inches, 72 x 26-1/2 inches, 73 x 28-1/4 inches, ¶73-1/4 x 28-5/8 inches
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miam, gift of George M. Safirstein M. D. and Pola Reydburd
1999.15a-e
Peter Harholdt

Oscar Muñoz is interested in the poetic potential of drawing and photography, and, in particular, the ability of these materials to convey the fragile nature of images. Cortinas de baño (Shower Curtains) is part of a series of works in which the artist used water and paint on plastic shower curtains to depict ghostly figures that hover between presence and absence. In the context of the artist's native Colombia, these disappearing figures take on political and emotional weight. Over the past three decades Colombia has witnessed a civil war propelled by the drug trade, with both left-wing guerillas and government-sponsored paramilitary groups vying for control. A culture of violence has been perpetuated through mass-killings, public displays of dismembered bodies, and the disappearance of hundreds of individuals. In this installation, disintegrating figures attend their bath, metaphors of this recent history, cleansing their bodies in acts of both remembrance and release.¶

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