Oscar Muñoz uses video, drawing and photography to explore themes of memory and human loss. The focal point in his work is the image as impermanent, using the fleeting quality of the techniques itself as a mediator, creating metaphors for the human condition.
His work subtly alludes to the impact of the political and social turmoil in Colombia – as Muñoz reinforces: My work today arises from my interest in understanding how a society comes to accept war - or rather, a dark and corrupted succession of wars over more than 50 years and which have not yet ended - as part of the routine of living. Still – the subjects are non-spectacular, as in “In Proyecto para un memorial”, a 5-screen videowork where faces drawn with water on a sun baked pavement, rapidly evaporate before being repainted, each screen showing a different face in different phases of becoming and disappearing.
Oscar Munoz’s works has been shown extensively, among recent exhibitions are La Biennale de Venezia (2007) and Iniva in London (2008), and he is represented in international collections such as Tate Modern, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, Bogota; Museum of Modern Art ‘La Tertulia', Cali, Colombia and Hirshorn Museum, Washington D.C.