The artist’s mother (center) working at Colombina, La Paila, Colombia, 1988
Photo: Collection of Oscar Murillo
Oscar Murillo: A Mercantile Novel
NEW YORK • David Zwirner • 24 April - 14 June 2014
|Columbian artist Oscar Murillo mounts a candy-making factory at David Zwirner in New York in collaboration with Colombina, one of the premier food companies in Colombia. One of the main exporters of candy to the United States, Colombina was founded in Murillo’s hometown of La Paila in the early twentieth century. It gradually became the connecting link in the surrounding area, fostering a community that expanded symbiotically as the factory grew in stature. Several generations of Murillo’s family, including his parents, have worked there in various capacities, and the artist, who was born in 1986 and moved to the United Kingdom in the 1990s, retains close ties to the site.|
During the course of the exhibition, tens of thousands of candies will be produced and given away for free at the gallery. Gallery visitors and volunteers are invited to take candy and share it throughout the city’s five boroughs, whether on foot, by bike, by taxi, by subway, by bus, etc., thus reflecting all modes of typical transportation throughout New York City and the diversity of its communities. The exhibition’s own website, mercantilenovel.com, will document the show itself and also map those who wish to share their candy-sharing journeys and final destinations by allowing participants to post locations, places, comments, photos, and videos via social media.
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