Oscar Murillo Was Deported from Australia Last Month Following Destruction of Passport in Protest

April 12th, 2016

Oscar Murillo was deported from Australia last month, after the artist destroyed his British passport in the middle of a flight to Sydney.  The destruction was in protest the privileges afforded certain Western societies.  “The action of destroying the passport was to create a blockage situation, to create the point in which I am no longer that individual,” Murillo told a French journalist.  “I gave a proposal, I went and made a proposal with a curator, and we were both really happy with it. At the same time, I was feeling uncomfortable because, despite the agenda for the biennale, which wanted to propose a strong situation, there seemed to be a lot of conservative attitudes toward allowing an artist to be really freely expressive.”

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