Re/Trato on view from 8-10 pm, at the High Line Park at West 22nd Street.
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art is pleased to announce that it will present Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz’s 2003 video Re/trato on HIGH LINE CHANNEL 22, a series of outdoor screenings projected on a building to the east of the High Line at West 22nd Street. Visible from the park’s Seating Steps, as well as the sidewalk on West 22nd Street, Re/trato will be on view daily from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.
One of Colombia’s most influential artists, Oscar Muñoz has created an impressive body of work that investigates memory and history, and the ways both intertwine with our contemporary society. For the High Line, Muñoz presents Re/trato, a video in which you see the artist painting a self-portrait on a concrete sidewalk by using a brush and water. His hand continuously paints as the portrait evaporates, creating an endless drawing. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of identity, the work highlights the liminal space between remembering and forgetting, between an image and its obliteration.
“This is one of the most poignant works by Oscar Muñoz and it is particularly touching to see it installed in a public space,” said Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “Watching Re/trato in this setting, it acts as a constant reminder of the challenges that we all face when trying to capture an image and the idea that nothing lasts forever.”