Oscar Murillo: “A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise” opens its doors to the public on the evening of Friday 16 September, offering the chance to be among the first to
Oscar Murillo: “A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise” opens its doors to the public on the evening of Friday 16 September, offering the chance to be among the first to view the artist’s most extensive exhibition in Italy to date, set in the historic Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice. Highlights of the show will include new paintings by Murillo, alongside an interactive presentation of Frequencies, his long-term collaborative project with school students.
Frequencies is a global art project conceived by Oscar Murillo in 2013. The artist and his collaborators visited schools worldwide, fixing raw canvas to classroom desks with the sole requirement that they remain there for a school term, inviting students aged 10-16 to freely mark, draw, scribble or write on them. Over the past nine years, Frequencies has grown to become a vast global project involving more than 350 schools in over 30 countries, including Brazil, China, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA and many others. To date, over 100,000 school children have contributed to the project.
Viewed en masse, the canvases convey the conscious and unconscious energy of young minds at their most absorbent, optimistic and conflicted. Often contributed to by several students, the canvases are densely layered with drawings, slogans, messages and motifs. The canvases feature universally recognized words and images alongside culturally specific expressions – the result of a project that is both a local and global endeavor.
The project has brought together a huge, multi-layered volume of material over almost a decade from locations across the world. Murillo has been working in recent years to develop new ways to open up this archive internationally and to create new opportunities for its rich content to be experienced, through means including digital interactions and material manifestations. “A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise” will be the first opportunity for the wider public to experience some of these new interventions first-hand.
September 17 (Saturday) 15:31 - November 27 (Sunday) 15:31
Scuola Grande della Misericordia
Sestiere Cannaregio, 359, 30121 Venice