Amalia Pica - A - B - C (Line)

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Amalia Pica, A ? B ? C (lijn). Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal. Acquisition 2013
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Amalia Pica A - B - C (Line)

15/02/2014 - 14/09/2014
Curator: Annie Fletcher

Based on the idea that a narrative changes the perception of certain geometrical or abstract forms, the Argentinian artist Amalia Pica (Neuquén, Argentina, 1978)  proposes the project A - B - C (Line) (2013). The work consists of series of flat geometrical forms, made out of acrylic, of various colours. At A - B - C (Line) a minimum of three performers will activate the work at regular intervals with or without an audience present . The title of the project A - B - C (Line) by Amalia Pica takes the language used in set theory, in which the symbol - means intersection; the elements common to two or more sets.

When the piece is not activated, it will have a sculptural character formed by these acrylic objects. The performers will create new compositions with this objects that refer to the Venn diagrams and other more complex forms. The artist aims to humanise these forms when they are manipulated by a group of people who create different combinations using the figures, allowing communication between the various objects. The figures, no longer isolated entities, become part of a conversation struck up by those performing the action, involving them in a non-verbal dialogue. Pica focuses on “a preoccupation with finding code sharing, either through celebrations, rituals, artifacts communicative or educational policies that are located in a common imaginary".

Fascinating historical backdrop

What gives the piece an extra poignancy is its reflection on a form of communication not always possible in the artist’s home country. During the period of dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s, gatherings of citizens were closely monitored, as they were considered a threat to the government. Prosecution for participating in any type of collective activity was carried out under the umbrella of the National Security Law. At the same time, group theory and Venn diagrams were banned from primary school programmes as they could provide a model for subversive thought.