The Oscar Murillo carnival effect
Contemporary Art | For his first exhibition at the Paris Marian Goodman Gallery, scheduled in May, and in line with the Park Nights performance evenings at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Oscar Murillo is working alongside students from the Ecole Duperré (the leading school for fashion and design) on an artistic initiative involving the reinvention of traditional carnival dress. « We Don’t Work The Sunday » explores the particularities of the carnival, culture shock, identity exchange, population displacement and the breaking down of social, cultural, geographical and generational barriers. This is a well-organised artistic arrangement : the updated dress is worn by the dancers for a filmed performance and the visuals then interpreted on paper by the designers of a village in southern China. As carnival festivities blend with a loss of self, segregated societies are shaken up through the authentic artistic experience and disruptions of indirect shock, resulting in a shift towards a world of possibilities.