Biography

Enrique Muñoz García, born in Chile in 1969, is a photographer, multimedia artist, collector and curator. He studied art and drawing at the Universidad Católica of Chile. He has lived and worked in Switzerland since 1998. His work focuses on long-term personal and political projects as well as editorial work for various newspapers and magazines. Thematically, he concentrates on people and their complex relationship to society. Muñoz García's works bear witness to a subtle mixture of documentation and art. Er has exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, the Center for Fine Art Photography, USA, the Photomonth Festival, Poland, and the Centre PasquArt for the Bieler Fototage, among others.

Since 2012 Muñoz García has been part of the artist group Nine Dragon Heads and has participated in art symposia within the group at specific complex locations such as Aral Sea/Uzbekistan; Amazonas/Brazil and in the demilitarized zone in South Korea. He has received several international awards such as the Grimme Online Award, the Prix de la Photographie de Paris and the European Newspaper Award, as well as several nominations and grants for his projects.

As a curator and art mediator, Enrique Muñoz García is co-founder of the Galerie Lokal-int. in Biel in 2006 and founder and curator of the Public Art Space Juraplatz.ch, which has also existed in Biel since 2010. Artists such as Joan Fontcuberta, Peter Aerschmann, Rainer Ganahl and Com&Com have presented their works in Juraplatz. Other curatorial works include the exhibition "Women with Binoculars", which was created especially for the Bieler Fototage 2019 in collaboration with the renowned Magnumphotos agency from Paris/New York.

As a collector, Enrique Muñoz García has an archive with more than 20 000 found photos. On this basis, he organized his personal exhibition "Women with Beetles" at the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 2015. The rest of the photographic material is currently being processed; new works such as "Christianisation in Africa / 1915-1930", "Fade Out, Cliches from the American Press / 2020, and others are being created.

In 2019 Enrique Muñoz García presented his multimedia work "Die Welt in Biel / Le monde à Bienne" at the invitation of the artist Thomas Hirschhorn as part of the "Robert Walser Sculpture" in Biel. "The world im Biel" is a series of more than 100 interviews based on the question Why did you come to Biel?

Enrique Muñoz García has collaborated with artists, such as the electronic duo Strom (Gaudenz Badrutt and Christian Müller), Peter Zacek, Phil Dadson, Susanne Muller, Park Byoung Uk and Bruce Allan.

His work is regularly supported by private individuals as well as by institutions such as the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Landis + Gyr Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent, City of Biel and SWISSLOS/Culture Canton Bern.



Exhibitions (Exerpt)

2019 "Neutral Nations", Georgien National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgien; 2019 "Border Crossing" Nine Dragon Heads Art Symposium, DMZ South Korea; 2019 "The World in Biel", part of the "Robert Walser Sculpture" by Thomas Hirschhorn, Biel, Switzerland; 2019 "Women with Binoculars" / Magnum Photographers (Curated by Enrique Muñoz García), Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland; 2018 Sao Paulo News, Casa Contemporanea, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 2018 Women with Beetles (Collected), AutoMuseum Volkswagen, Wolfsburg, Germany; 2017 15th International Istanbul Biennale, Neighbouring Event / Backside of the News, Haydarpasa Terminal, Istanbul, Turkey; 2016 Seeaf International Eco-Environmental Art Festival , South Korea; 2015 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia, Collateral Event / Jump into the Unknown, Palazzo Loredan dell’ Ambasciatore, Venice, Italy; 2015 20 Years NDH, Nine Dragon Heads Symposium, South Korea; 2014 Jetzt Kunst N°4, Marzili Bad, Bern, Switzerland; 2014 Zirkus / Photo 14, Maag Halle, Zurich, Switzerland; 2014 Zirkus/ Wondrous Indeed, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA; 2014 New Color Photography , Black Box Gallery, Oregon, USA; 2013 Marokko, Zirkus, Claude, Maz Galerie, Lucern, Switzerland; 2013 Swiss Photo Award, EWZ-Unterwerk Selnau, Switzerland; 2013 Zapping / Une Poétique du Temps, Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland; 2012 Claude, Artisterium, Georgian National Museum,Tiblis, Georgien; 2012 Bulb / Lokal Int. Portraits 2006-2007, Espace Libre, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland; 2011 15. Journées photographiques de Bienne. Bieler Fototage, Centre PasquArt Biel, Switzerland; 2011 International Art Symposium Nine Dragon Heads , Art Etage, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland; 2008 Swiss Photo Selection 10, EWZ-Unterwerk Selnau, Switzerland; 2007 Photomonth Festival , Galerie Bunkier Sztuki, Krakau, Polen; 2006 Claude / Centre PasquArt / Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland, Sound by strom (Christian Müller und Gaudenz Badrutt); 2006 Swixx, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland; 2004, Morocco, Leica Galerie, Nidau, Switzerland.


Prizes

2015 «Grimme Online Award» First Prize. Germany
2015 «European Newspaper Award» First Prize. Germany
2013 «Prix de la Photographie Paris» First Prize. France
2013 «Swiss Photo Award» Second Prize, Reportage. Switzerland 2007 «Swiss Photo Award» Nomination. Switzerland
2006 «Kanton Bern Photo Award» Nomination. Switzerland


Collections

2018 «Casa Contemporanea» Ver-o-Peso. Brasil
2014 «The Center for Fine Art Photography» Zirkus. USA
2012 «Artisterium» Claude. Georgien
2011 «City Biel/Bienne» Zapping. Switzerland