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Pia Camil

Mexican artist Pia Camil takes inspiration from urban and industrial forms, reinterpreting them as handmade objects that recode the artist’s relationship to the city and notions of public space.

Pia Camil - A Pot For A Latch
Installation view at New Musuem, New York, Jan-Mars 2016. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio, 2016, Paris. Courtesy: New Museum

The Mexico City-based artist began by photographing her native city, particularly the billboards that compose the visual fabric of the environment. From these hand-colored photographs, she moved toward textile-based and sculptural works, reducing the urban images to colors and geometric forms. The textile-based pieces approximate the architecture of the city, transforming the mass-produced, industrial landscape into a meticulous, handmade corollary. These works build on the legacy of Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, as they are wearable and meant to engender new relationships between the artist, audience, and artwork.

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