In her work, Amalia Pica constantly looks into communication and its failures in the present time; she explores the different ways in which we convey our ideas and relate to one another based on them.
With this premise as a basis, she developed Asamble, a participative performance in which a heterogeneous group of people gather in a square carrying chairs. This event suggests an attempt to voluntarily congregate in a circular assembly that never closes.
For this occasion, Pica chose to carry out the action -a metaphor for assembly- in the Plaza de los Dos Congresos, right in front of the House of Congress of Argentina, an emblematic space for debate of democratic governments.
Attendants can observe and draw their own conclusions, a kind of visual essay on forms of collective decision-making. The work invites people to reflect upon exercising citizenship in a democracy.
Date: May 30
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Plaza de los dos Congresos
Admission: Free and open to all
Co-production: National Museum of Fine Arts, Neuquén – Argentine Ministry of Culture- Neuquén City Hall
Curated by Oscar Smoljan
Amalia Pica 1978, Neuquén, Argentina.
She lives and work in London, England.
She is a sculptor, video, performance, and installation artist. Her work is closely connected to the convergence of communication, education, and history. Her work raises questions about the blurry boundaries of visual communication. In 2002 she attended the residence TRAMA, a cooperation-and-discussion program among artists (San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina). The next year she attended the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón. In 2004 she received the UNESCO-Aschberg bursary for artists, and the Antorchas bursary from the Fundación Antorchas; a year later, she went to the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. In 2011 she received the following awards: Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Grants & Commissions Program; US Illy Prize; Art Rotterdam, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. Chief among her solo exhibitions are One Thing After Another (La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain, Ville Rennes, France, 2014); A ∩ B ∩ C (Line) (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2014); Caballo de Troya e Intersecciones, in collaboration with Pablo Bronstein (Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013); Memorial for Intersections (Herald St, London, England, 2013; Kunsthalle Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013); Amalia Pica (Neuquén National Museum of Fine Arts, Neuquén, Argentina, 2013; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States, 2013; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States, 2013); Low Visibility (Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany, 2013), and A ∩ B ∩ C, un proyecto de Amalia Pica (Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico). She was also part of many collective exhibitions such as Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States, 2014); O narrador relutante (Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014); Beyond the Process, in Sammlung Lenikus Exhibition (Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, 2014); When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, United States, 2013); Ruins in Reverse (Project Space, Tate Modern, London, England, 2013); New Word (Herald St art gallery, London, England, 2012); Ritual without Myth (Royal College of Art, London, England, 2012); The Ungovernables: Generational Triennial (New Museum, New York, United States, 2012); ILLUMInations (Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2011), and Viewpoint (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, United States, 2011), among others.