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Amalia Pica, If These Walls Could Talk (with door) (detail), 2011, wood, tin cans, screws, paint, glue, string. Installation view.

Amalia Pica

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Amalia Pica, If These Walls Could Talk (with door) (detail), 2011, wood, tin cans, screws, paint, glue, string. Installation view.

In her first major museum exhibition in the United States, Amalia Pica considers the urgency of communication and our continual experience of its failure. Honing this discussion, the London-based Argentinean deliberates on the relationship between the one and the many and on the ways in which singular speech acts simultaneously contain the possibility and hopelessness of collective enunciation. Pica’s conceptual practice at large is highly attentive to images and forms, broaching “the political” in the broadest possible terms—a distinct strategy among a generation of artists represented to conspicuous effect at the New Museum in New York during the institution’s 2012 triennial, “The Ungovernables” (in which Pica also participated). Emerging from the premise that social relationships and political realities are at once ingrained in the material and form of an artwork but are

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