The 2019 Aichi Triennale will feature Pia Camil's Telón de Boca, a large-scale textile work comprised of music band t-shirts and speakers. These garments were collected via an exchange with the public in the bartering tradition of "El Chopo," a street market for alternative culture and music that borrows its name from Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City where the work was first exhibited. The installation includes 24 speakers that are integrated into the t-shirt neck holes and will be activated and used as a stage for different events programmed by the Triennale organizers such as concerts, talks, etc.
The Aichi Triennale, which has been held every three years since 2010, is one of the largest international contemporary art festivals in Japan. In 2019, the festival's fourth iteration will feature an international contemporary art exhibition alongside film, performing arts and music programs, bringing together over 80 individual artists and artist groups across a range of expressive domains to showcase their cutting-edge works.
This year's theme, Taming Y/Our Passion, addresses the many concerns shared around the world today. At the source is anxiety - the anxiety of an uncertain future, and the anxiety of feeling unsafe and vulnerable to danger. Uncertainty makes people anxious, makes them figure that it is more reasonable to treat gray matters as black and white, and understand the world in terms of oppositions. However, humans are capable of lending a hand and offering solidarity to others in need on the spur of the moment, even if their traditions and ideals are different or it is against their rationally conceived interests.
Pia Camil lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo museum exhibitions including Telón de boca, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); Split Wall, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2018); Fade into Black, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2018); A Pot for a Latch, New Museum, New York (2016); Bara, bara, bara, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX (2017); Skins, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (2015); and Cuadrado Negro, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, Spain (2013).