Letter from America
ABOUT THE WORK
Oscar Murillo will create a new artwork for Art Night 2019, taking a critical approach to working within a place under threat from social and cultural hegemony. Taking the form of a site-specific performance or ‘action’, the work continues themes the artist has explored throughout his career, including labour, migration and displacement. The work takes its title from the 1987 song by The Proclaimers, which laments forced migration caused by 1980s de-industrialisation and factory closures. Having spent a large part of his young life in North East London, Murillo’s work considers the changing and sometimes embattled nature of community in the UK.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Oscar Murillo’s work constitutes a sustained and evolving investigation of notions of community, informed by cross-cultural personal ties, as well as the constant transnational movement that has become integral to his practice. Executed in a wide range of media including painting, installation, video works, and actions, Murillo’s work explores themes such as globaliSation, production and consumption, and labour and migration, and challenges modes of address and display embedded in the contemporary art world.