Oscar Murillo - Contemporary Artists

I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore

I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore The Saatchi Gallery
 

Oscar Murillo

I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore

2010-2011
Mixed media installation

approx. 4 x 5 m (dimensions variable)

If our mother tongue and the food that nourished us as children make us whom we are regardless of how far we travel, we can trace the reason behind the prevailing presence of foodstuffs – and written language – in Murillo’s oeuvre as a form of resilience. However, he does not treat the ornate coconut water packaging, the rice sacks and the snack wrappings as ready made in traditional conceptualist practice: he collages them up in an attempt to complicate art’s materiality and cultural coding. Furthermore, the packages are all written in Spanish, vestiges of the numerous imported goods that populate London’s South American markets.
 
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