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Amalia Pica

MCA Chicago, with MIT List Visual Arts Center and ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
Radius-cut board cover with PVC dust jacket



This volume accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Argentinean-born, London-based artist Amalia Pica (b. 1978). Pica explores metaphor, communication and civic participation through drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, slide projections, live performances and installations. Using simple materials such as photocopies, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, bunting and cardboard, Pica creates work that is both formally beautiful and conceptually rigorous. Pica is particularly interested in the limits and failures of language and human communication, and the ways in which thought translates to action, idea to object. Her work is optimistic in its reflection of moments of shared experience, often incorporating signifiers of celebration and communal gatherings such as fiesta lights, flags and banners, and confetti.

Amalia Pica is the fourth volume in MCA Chicago’s MCA Monographs series and features essays by writer Ana Teixeira Pinto and writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr as well as an interview with the artist and exhibition co-organizers MIT List Curator João Ribas and MCA Pamela Alper Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Table of Contents

7 Directors’ Foreword
8 Acknowledgments
10 Who’s Afraid of a Vector? by Amalia Pica, João Ribas, and Julie Rodrigues Widholm
21 Plates
93 Splendid Isolation by Tirdad Zolghadr
98 I Have No Way of Knowing If You Can Hear Me by Ana Teixeira Pinto
104 Artist’s Biography and Exhibition History
106 Selected Bibliography
110 List of Plates and Works in the Exhibition
113 Contributors
114 Exhibition Lenders and Sponsors