Fábrica Inútil (2002)
In Fábrica Inútil, or ‘Useless Factory’, she restages a series of events surrounding layoffs at a factory in Puerto Rico. The video begins with a tragically banal scene of factory bosses emotionlessly announcing layoffs, but progresses to more fanciful and buoyant images of workers gathering to observe the sunrise and participate in wrestling matches etc. The artist turns her sharp critical eye on the social injustices of global capitalism and also intimates utopian alternatives through her imaginative play and connection to natural beauty.
La Cueva Negra (2013)
In La Cueva Negra, or ‘The Black Cave’, Muñoz explores the Paso del Indio, an indigenous burial ground in Puerto Rico that was discovered during the construction of a highway, and eventually paved over. Using interviews with local residents and archeologists involved in the excavation, the artist’s video offers a reflection on the origins and meanings of the site, which, in the process, becomes an allegory for the island;s convoluted history. The camera tracks two teenage boys wandering through the area, their freedom of movement and sense of curiosity symbolizing the romantic but ultimately misguided desire to find and preserve paradise.