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Óscar Muñoz

Óscar Muñoz, 2018 Hasselblad Award Winner
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The Hasselblad Foundation has awarded Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz the 2018 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Regarded as one of the most important recognitions of its kind, this photography award has been granted since 1980 to photographers for "outstanding achievements in the field."

Muñoz will receive a purse of SEK 1,000,000.00 (about USD 125,000.00) during an award ceremony that will take place on October 8, 2018. A symposium will be held on October 9 in honor of Óscar Muñoz, followed by the release of a new book about the artist, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, and the opening of an exhibition of Muñoz's work at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"I keep having the same feelings of joy and disbelief when I think that my work will join that of the distinguished artists who have received the Hasselblad Award before. I am also very grateful for the honor that has been granted to me, which encourages me to continue working with intensity and passion," said Óscar Muñoz in a press release by the Hasselblad Foundation.

Chaired by Mark Sealy, curator and director of Autograph ABP, in London, the Hasselblad Award Jury was formed by: Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume, in Paris, Raul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre, in Toronto; Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, in Lagos; and Hripsimé Visser, photography curator of the Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam.

About this year's award recipient, the jury said the following: "The passing of time, the whims of history and the disintegration of the image represent the core research of Óscar Muñoz's work, which calls into question the reliability of the photographic medium. Muñoz's sculptural installations combine the light-sensitive characteristics of photography and moving images with elements such as water, charcoal, drawings, and projections. He ingeniously conceives experimental strategies that evoke the fleeting nature of images and their transfiguration in time and space. The work by Óscar Muñoz is imbued with a spiritual quality and offers a metaphor for the human condition."

"In a period of political uncertainty worldwide and heightened states of anxiety, the works by Óscar Muñoz serve to remind us of just how fragile we actually are. Evident throughout the incredible range of work that Óscar Muñoz has produced is his determination not to forget the episodes in history that are so often culturally and politically erased," said Mark Sealy, Chair of the 2018 Hasselblad Award Jury.

The work of Óscar Muñoz (Popayán, Colombia, 1951) is marked by the power of images and is based on a conversation between photography and ephemeral materials, projections, and installations. The passing of time is a reflection enriched through the combination of material and conceptual interests with deeply philosophical undertones. This recognition by the Hasselblad Award places him alongside other great representatives of photography around the world, including: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982), Manuel Álvarez-Bravo (1984), Robert Frank (1996), William Eggleston (1998), Graciela Iturbide (2008), and Joan Fontcuberta (2013).




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