Pia Camil, Saca tus trapos al sol, (Air Out Your Dirty Laundry), 2022, Rockefeller Center, New York
Composed out of secondhand clothing gathered in public exchanges with Mexico City residents, lines of wear create an intimate sight familiar to rooftops worldwide. In the past, Camil has used clothing as a material in her installations to question ideas about identity and border politics. Participants shared audio recordings for archival about the memories attached to their donated clothing - including breakups, summer loves, weaving artisans, and refugees finding a home in Mexico. Meant as a collective portrait, the installation bears witness to the artist's belief that communities are based on personal relations and stores, rather than borders and nationalistic values.
Presented by MASA Galeria and Rockefeller Center® with support from LAGO and curated by Su Wu.
Pia Camil, "Nidos y nudos", Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, USA, July - August 2021
Installation view, Three Works, Moca, Tucson, USA
Pia Camil, Ríe ahora, llora después, 2020, Galerie OMR, Mexico
↑ Pia Camil, Here Comes the Sun performance view at the Guggenheim Museum. © Photos: Enid Alvarez / © Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Pia Camil, Exhibition view of Fade into Black, 2019. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by Hai Zhang.
Bara Bara Bara, installation view, Tramway, Glasgow, 2019
Lover’s Rainbow, 2019, Rebar and acrylic paint, Villa Del Valle, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico.
View instalation, Telón de boca, Museo Universitario del Chopo; Mexico City, Mexico, 2018
Pia Camil, ’Split wall’, 2018, installation view at Nottingham Contemporary, Photo-credit: Stuart Whipps
They, 2018 Exhibition view at Galerie Sultana, Paris
« Bara, Bara, Bara », installation view, Dallas Contemporary, 2017
Divisor Pirata, Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de Guatemala, 2016
Installation Views, "Pia Camil: A Pot for a Latch", 2016. Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Vue d'exposition "Skins", Contemporary Art Center, Cincinatti, USA, 2015
Saatchi Gallery London, PANGAEA II: New Art from Africa and Latin America 11 Mar 2015 - 6 Sept 2015
Installation view, Espectacular Telon, 2013, Galerie Sultana
Organismo Multi Orgásmico
Frieze New York. New York, USA
Paris Internationale - SUPERSALON. Paris, France
Frieze London 2021. London, United Kingdom
Pia Camil (b. 1980) lives and works in Mexico City. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Select solo exhibitions include: 'Velo Revelo', The Clark Institute (Williamstown, MA, US 2021); 'Fade into black: sit, chill, look, talk, roll, play, listen, give, take, dance, share', Queens Museum (New York, US 2020); 'Rie Ahora, Llora Después', Galeria OMR (Mexico City, MX 2020); 'An Evening with Pia Camil: Here Comes the Sun' (Performance) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, US 2019); Bara, Bara, Bara, Tramway Art Space (Glasgow, UK 2019); 'Split Wall', Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK 2018); 'They', Galerie Sultana (Paris, FR 2018); Bara, Bara, Bara at Dallas Contemporary (2017) ; Home Visit at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2016) ; 'Slats, Skins & Shopfittings', Blum & Poe (New York, US 2016); 'A Pot for a Latch', New Museum (New York, US 2016).
Recent group exhibitions include: 'unending beginnings', USC Roski School of Art and Design (Los Angeles, US 2022); 'Republica', La Nueva Fabrica (Antigua Gatemala, 2021); 'unFlagging', Ballroom Marfa (Mexico City, MX 2021); 'Otrxs Mundos', Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, MX 2021); 'Protext! When fabric becomes a manifesto', Centro Pecci Prato (Mexico City, MX 2021); Desert X Biennial, California, US 2019; Art Basel Cities, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018); LISTE, with Galerie Sultana, Basel, Switzerland (2018); 'Descheas', Instituto de Vision (Bogota, CO 2017); 'Women House', Monnaie de Paris (Paris, FR 2017); 'Performance !', Le Tripostal (Lille, FR 2017).
Camil’s work is in the permanent collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, La Colección Jumex, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Kadist collection amongst others.