• Born 1980 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Based in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Courtesy of the artist

Pia Camil creates work in a range of expressive forms, including large-scale textile installations, associated with the Mexican urban landscape and modernization. Her recent major work Telón de Boca was inspired by bartering at the Tianguis Cultural del Chopo, where different kinds of music mingle together. Second-hand t-shirts, produced in advance with a designer, were exchanged for band t-shirts belonging to friends and passersby; the garments thus collected were sewn together into a single large textile, into which 24 speakers were installed. The band t-shirts are vehicles for cultural, social, and personal information; meanwhile, the fact that this surplus of products that had been produced for the United States market is bargained for in Mexico City street markets also hints symbolically at global economic and trading systems. With this work Camil created a monumental sonic space which provided a stage in which the public was able to participate.

Selected Works

Telón de Boca (solo), Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
Split Wall (solo), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Bara, Bara, Bara, (solo), Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, USA
A Pot for a Latch (solo), New Museum, New York, USA
The Little Dog Laughed (solo), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
  • Telón de Boca, 2018
  • Photo: Ramiro Chaves
  • Courtesy of Museo Universitario del Chopo