Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Pia Camil

Gaby’s T-Shirt, 2016

Ex Cervecería Munich

Artwork

Gaby’s T-Shirt, 2016
Approximately 300 secondhand T-shirts
3 m x 34 m

Gaby’s T-Shirt is an interactive artwork made out of secondhand T-shirts by Pia Camil, known for her colorful textile sculptures. Located in the ground floor of the former Cervecería Munich, at one time a center of German expatriate culture in the late 1920s, the work nods to the building’s past as a space for social gatherings and comments on present-day migrations of consumer goods and cultural motifs. The T-shirts, originally produced in different countries across Latin America, were exported to the United States and later junked and resold in flea markets such as the one in Iztapalapa in Mexico City, where Camil found the shirts seen here. Working with Mexican seamstresses, Camil assembled these discarded garments into a dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtain that reclaims the democracy of her materials: viewers can touch, enter, open, and close the work, and performers interact with it at set times during the exhibition. By transforming these castoff goods into a work of art, Camil reflects on the direction of economic colonization.

Artwork activation: Diana Szeinblum
Pianist: Sebastián Napolitano
Performers: Andres Molina, Alina Marinelli, Margarita Molfino, Pablo Castronovo, Jimena Pérez Salerno

Courtesy of Galerie Sultana, Paris. Special thanks to the Embassy of Mexico in Argentina and Tenaris. Special thanks to Valeria Keller, Juan Vacas, and Ex Cervecería Munich for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work; and to Diego de la Vega Wood, Teresa Riccardi and María Alosilla for their support.

Related Events

  • Performance  |  Peep Show, by Diana Szeinblum: Saturday, September 8, Ex Cervecería Munich, 5pm-6:30pm
  • Performance  |  Peep Showby Diana Szeinblum: Wednesday, September 12, Ex Cervecería Munich, 5pm-6:30pm
  • Art Basel Cities Week Closing Party  |  Wednesday, September 12, Ex Cervecería Munich, 5pm-8pm

Visitor Information

  • Ex Cervecería Munich, Avenida de los Italianos 851, Costanera Sur 
  • Thursday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 12. Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-8pm
  • Free entry, no ticket required
  • Also on view at this venue: Vivian Suter

Biography

Born 1980 in Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico

Recognized for fabric-based, participatory installations that weave together craft and social practice, Pia Camil holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her work has been exhibited around the world, and recent solo museum presentations include ‘Cuadrado negro’ at the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2013); ‘Skins’ at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2015); ‘A Pot for a Latch’ at the New Museum, New York (2016), and the Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis; ‘Divisor Pirata’ at the Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Guatemala City; ‘Bara, bara, bara’, at Dallas Contemporary (2017); ‘Fade into Black’ at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (2018); ‘Telón de boca’ at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City (2018); and ‘Split Wall’ at Nottingham Contemporary (through October 7, 2018).

The artist is represented by Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo; Galerie Sultana, Paris; Galería OMR, Mexico City; and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá.