Monday, April 21, 2008

Juan Munoz retrospective

Back from my visit to the Juan Munoz retrospective at Tate Modern. Fascinating stuff.

Munoz's concentration on 'otherness', on being outside, looking in, mirrors some of the preoccupations I have in my writing, my feeling of disconnection. Thus, his intallations seem deeply resonant to me. What I liked most, though, was that through the isolation, even danger in his work, there is still tremendous hope. Witness the laughing faces in the dozens of men standing in groups or alone in Conversation Piece, or the happy face of the man/boy sitting, looking in on an empty room like a voyeur, with us, behind him, also complicit in his act.

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