MUNTHE ART MONDAY: JURENA MUNOZ
Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.
Hey, I'm Jurena Munoz aka Jumu, an artist with roots in Peru and Chile, born and raised in Germany. I've been living in Berlin for the past three years. I'm a multifaceted artist and work in many mediums, such as muralism, performance, canvas, stage design, and installations. I enjoy exploring different materials and mediums and always strive to find new challenges in my work.
My inspiration comes from Latin American culture with all its richness of colors, fabrics, and textures. The pre-Columbian cultures, myths, and the connection of human beings with nature are major themes that flow through my art. I am also fascinated by people's costumes, customs, and dances, as well as the vast world of masks.
I am also strongly influenced by cultural exchange and the myths and legends of Latin America. Through her art, she creates a unique, surreal world and connects different cultures and her own cultural heritage. Her work reflects her artistic vision, shaped by the diversity of cultures and her own roots.
Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?
As a woman in the art industry, I have had to confront discrimination and sexism, which has motivated me to become more politically aware in both myself and my art. I use my art as a platform to address issues such as gender inequality, racial discrimination, and social injustice.
I believe that as an artist, I have a responsibility to use my platform to raise awareness and inspire change. Art has the power to evoke emotions and spark conversations, and I want to use that power to make a positive impact in the world.
I also find inspiration in the work of other female artists who have paved the way for more diversity and inclusivity in the art world. Seeing their success and perseverance motivates me to continue pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo in my own art.
Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?
The strength of feminine energy continuously inspires me in my artistic practice. Women such as photographer Phyllis Galembo, who travels the world capturing portraits of traditional costumes and celebrations, and muralists like Hera Akut, who opened my eyes as one of the first female muralists in Germany. There are also many female artists in my immediate environment who inspire me.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?
At the beginning, when I started as an artist, I didn't come across many women on my path, but we are becoming more and more visible and loud. There is still a lack of visibility and representation for women in the art scene, as we continue to be a minority in it. But with strength and a clear voice, I feel that even though we may be few, I try to connect and unite forces. As a female artist and muralist, I aim to inspire and empower the women around me. For me, connecting with other women in the same scene is always a great support. I feel like we have a circle of witches who support each other.
What would you like people to notice in your artwork?
My intention is to transport people into my world and challenge their perspective by showing the vibrant colors that exist beyond black and white. I achieve this through my art, which incorporates costumes, masks, dance, and music to create an immersive experience that feels like a journey to a faraway land. My hope is to inspire people to see the beauty of life despite its challenges.