Pia CAMIL

education

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

EDUCATION

2008 
Master of Fine Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art, London

2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

solo shows

2016 
"Pia Camil: A Pot for a Latch", New Museum, New York, USA

2014
The little dog laughed, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, USA
Entrecortinas: abre, jala, corre, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

2013
Espectacular Telón, Sultana Gallery, Paris, France
Cuadrado Negro, part of the program Mutatis Mutandis in Artium, Basque museum-center of contemporary art, Vitoria, Spain

2010
Lost In You (A Performance That Never Happened), open studio performance, Mexico City, Mexico

2009
El Resplandor, El 52 Gallery (project space and residence program ran by OMR Gallery), Mexico City, Mexico

2004 
“Pensando en Ti (Thinking of You)”, site specific intervention, Mexico City, Mexico

2003
Temporary gallery space, Mexico City, Mexico 

group shows

2015
United States of Latin America, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra & Jens Hoffmann.
Pia Camil, Pablo Helguera, Pedro Reyes, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, England.
Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK 
Falso Movimiento, Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014
Ir para volver, Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
Arroz Sem Sal, Silvia Cintra Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli

2013
Draft Urbanism, Biennial of the Americas, Denver, Colorado, USA
No A Trio A, "En casa" project at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Horizontal, La Central gallery, Bogota, Colombia

2012
Popo de Paris, Sultana Gallery, Paris, France
Arteba, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011
Solo Projects Art-Rio, International Contemporary Art Fair of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
El Grito, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain
Zona Maco Sur, Mexico City, Mexico
Mañana, Proyectos Ultravioleta, curated by Beatriz Lopez, Guatemala

2010
El Resplandor performance, Miami Art Basel, Creative Time and Tamayo Museum Mexico City programming for Ocean Front.
Sin techo está pelón, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
Draw, Museo de la Ciudad de México, An exhibition curated by Erik Foss, Curse Mackey and Miguel Calderón, Mexico City, Mexico
El Resplandor, Museo Experimental Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
MACO, Contemporary Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

2009
Artbo, La Central, Colombia
“There are false problems...”, Proyectos Monclova, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 
“Resplandor”, El 52 Gallery Space, Mexico City, Mexico
“[sic]”, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
“Names and Places”, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“This is not an invitation, it’s a presentation”, curated by Pia Camil in collaboration with Stefan Brüggemann, El 52 Gallery Space, Mexico City, Mexico

2008
“Illumination”, an Interval project, Manchester, UK
“Lanzarote”, Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK
Post Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
Woburn Studios, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 
“Croyances Quotidiennes”, Palais Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France
Kate Moss Drawings, Galería de Arte Mexicano, in collaboration with artist Stefan Brüggemann, Mexico City, Mexico
“Taenu”, TactileBOSCH Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2007
Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 
“Eventos Sociales”, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
“Trace: Recent Works From Slade Post-Graduates”, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 
“Turtle”, Woburn Studios, The Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 

2006
Fire and Ice, drawing study, Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
MACO Art Fair, Nina Menocal Gallery Stand, Mexico City, Mexico 
“Cinco: A Multi-Media Exhibition From Five Contemporary Mexican Artists”, Black Book Magazine, New York City, Mexico

2005
“To Challenge Death by Holding Your Breath Underwater”, Proyectos Monclova Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
“Morir de Amor”, MUCA Unam (National Autonomous University Museum of Contemporary Art), Mexico City, Mexico

2004 
“El Sueño de la Razón”, Collaborative drawing with Andrea Crews for Localismos, Mexico City, Mexico
“San Valentín Señorial”, audio installation, Hotel Señorial, Mexico City, Mexico

2003 
Painting show, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, USA

2001 
“YIA (Young International Artists)”, Centro Culturale Rialto Santo Ambrogio, Rome, Italy
Winter and Spring Exhibitions, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy

awards

2008 
Nominated for The Paul Hamlyn Award, London, UK 

2001 
European Honours Program, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy

Catalogue publications

Sin techo esta pelon, Coleccion Jumex exhibition catalogue, 2010.
Creencias Cotidianas, Exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Morir de Amor, Exhibition catalogue, 2005.

Pia Camil was born in 1980 in Mexico City, where she continues to live and work. Her work has been shown in Mexico, Colombia, France and the U.S. Camil received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and her Master’s of Fine Arts from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2009, she formed El Resplandor, a performance-based band. She has received awards including the European Honors Program, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy in 2001 and she was nominated for The Paul Hamlyn Award, London in 2008. Camil’s work is in the permanent collection of La Colección Jumex, la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Kadist Art Foundation amongst others. Her solo exhibitions include "The little dog laughed" at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, "Entrecortinas: abre, jala, corre" at OMR Gallery, Mexico City, "Espectacular Telón" at Sultana Gallery, Paris, and "Cuadrado Negro" at the Basque museum-center of contemporary art in Spain.

Through her work Pia Camil has shown a proclivity to failure or the decaying associated to the mexican urban landscape, aspects of modernist culture and traces of art history. Her practice has explored the urban ruin – including paintings and photographs of halted projects along Mexico’s highways (highway follies); abandoned billboards that become theatre-like curtains therefore theatricalizing failed capitalist strategies (espectaculares), or the problems and contradictions that arise when engaging with iconic art works (No A trio A or Cuadrado Negro).