AMALIA PICA AT THE ANDALUCIAN CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART
The Argentinean artist, who calls London her home, will hold her first big exposition in Spain. With a selection of some of her most well-known works, she reflects on themes like censorship and her country’s traumatic past, celebration and protest, and listening and silence.
The work of Amalia Pica (Neuquén, 1978) is part of the collections of venues such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim in New York or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. With this mid-career exhibition, she arrives in Seville on November 14th in an expo that will last until March of 2020.
Through sculptures, installations, projections and an occasional performance, she explores issues related to language, communication and civic involvement. It’s about an inquiry of some questions inherited from conceptual art that have to do, for example, with the meaning of images and their relationship with language, using things she found and materials that are simple in appearance.
In the 14 on display, topics like the allusion to censorship during the Argentine dictatorship (in Venn Diagrams-under the spotlight-) and celebration (in Procession-reconfiguration and Stabile-with confetti-) coexist remarkably. An ode to protest and its ludic dimension, one could say. The spectator is challenged through participation, in a performance like the one in A B C (línea) or the introspective silence of Eavesdropping. The daily routine quality of celebratory objects becomes an instrument of civic participation, in an exhibition that leaves room for the viewer’s interpretation, but always in the context of the artist’s personal history and her communicative intentionality. Amalia Pica’s work often focuses on a moment without words, a pause full of intentions. Colors and shapes become vehicular symbols, a visual chromatic language that replaces the oral expression of words.