Oscar Murillo at Kettle’s Yard

Oscar Murillo is the subject of an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard. This is his first solo exhibition at a UK public institution since his 2013 exhibition at South London Gallery.

Murillo’s multifaceted and highly political practice offers an expressive reflection of his experience of displacement, and the human and economic fallout of globalised capitalism. His practice incorporates a variety of techniques and media including painting, performance, drawing, collaborative works, sculpture and sound, often using recycled materials and fragments collected from his studio. Many of his works undergo multiple processes in the studio before being exhibited.

The exhibition features a new group of paintings from the artist’s ‘catalyst’ series as well as a new painting entitled violent amnesia which adapts the format from his acclaimed ‘banner’ paintings. An installation piece, voiced by Murillo’s father, tells the tale of his experience of migrating to London from Colombia, exploring how individual stories can be lost in a cacophony of voices. Human-scaled cloth effigies from the series collective conscience is on display in St Peter’s Church, next to Kettle’s Yard.


Image: Oscar Murillo, violent amnesia, 2014 – 2018, Graphite, oil, oil stick, grommets and stainless steel on canvas and linen 300×164×15cmPhotograph by Matthew Hollow © Oscar Murillo Courtesy the artist.