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Oscar Murillo

Frequencies is a long-term collaborative project with students and schools from around the world. Desks in participating classrooms are covered with a blank canvas that students are encouraged to intervene in as they wish. Over time, the canvases become an index of a period in a student’s life. After a number of months, the canvases are collected and digitized for an online archive that forges a complex portrait of young people in various parts of the globe. For this iteration, Oscar Murillo adapts Frequencies for students learning from home. Hundreds of students from Coachella Valley schools received a canvas and art supplies to participate. The resulting canvases speak to a radically different education experience and to young people’s dreams and visions for a world beyond a pandemic.

Oscar Murillo (Valle del Cauca, Colombia, 1986) works across painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, and video. His practice is rooted in an investigation of globalization’s networked society and the ways the circulation of ideas, bodies, materials, and capital shape the lives of people across cultures. Murillo was one of the recipients of the 2019 Turner Prize.

Check desertx.org for exhibition dates and venues.

The artist and Desert X would like to thank the following for their generous support in making this project possible: Oscar Murillo Studio, Steve & Carol Nash, Lyn Winter and Blick Art Materials.