Pia Camil exhibition: ‘Fade into Black’

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Pia Camil, “Gaby’s T-shirt,” detail, second-hand T-shirts from the market in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico, 2016. Image by the artist. Installation view at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.

PAMELA—SCAD Museum of Art presents “Fade into Black,” an exhibition by Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil. In her paintings, sculptures, performances and installations, Camil draws inspiration from the urban landscapes of Latin America and engages with the history of modernism. Often using laborious fabrication processes in collaboration with local artisans, the artist decelerates the frenetic pace of mass commodification with handcrafted production, as evinced in the intimate quality of her works.

Her new work for the SCAD Museum of Art comprises hundreds of castoff T-shirts in an expansive installation that is both artwork and wearable performative garment. Camil has recently expanded the scope of her practice to include theatrical environments that invite the viewer to navigate the exhibition space. Her imagery responds to retail spaces and the paneling used for merchandising displays, and explores the language of consumerism, drawing visual cues from dollar stores and decaying landscapes and translating them into desirable art objects.

Pia Camil lives and works in Mexico City. She earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work has been exhibited internationally,

“Fade into Black” is curated by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions.

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