British artist Oscar Murillo, born in 1986 in Colombia, has been deported in Australia. He is represented by the galleries David Zwirner and Marian Goodman.
Exhibited in “Forever now: painting in the new millennium” at the MoMA in New York in 2015 or at the last Venice Biennale, at the entrance of the Giardini, his work covers several media including installations, videos, paintings and what can be called performance. Upset by a photograph album given to him by his mother retracing the family’s emigration to Great Britain, Oscar Murillo, a guest at the upcoming Venice Biennale, is said to have destroyed his passport while flying to Australia. Australian authorities decided to detain him for two days while checking up on his identity.
The artist explained his gesture in a declaration: “I wanted to create an entropy, a special situation, a traumatism. In fact I didn’t have any thought-out plan. The question is: what happens when one can’t be identified? It was a way to ‘reboot’ myself, to start off from scratch again just like when we arrived from Colombia to London in 1997.”