View of “Pia Camil,” 2018. Photo: Stuart Whipps.

View of “Pia Camil,” 2018. Photo: Stuart Whipps.

Pia Camil

Nottingham Contemporary

My short visit to Nottingham in July came at first as a relief from the unusual heat in London, but then I noticed that a palpable anxiety had taken hold since I was last there a couple of years earlier: I witnessed two people crying in the street, one of them on the phone openly discussing his mental health and political views between bursts of hysteria. Through its evocation of physical and psychological borders and, by implication, the global resurgence in nationalism and the ideological duplicity of Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall and Theresa May’s Brexit, Pia Camil’s exhibition “Split Wall” provides a glimpse into the emotional undercurrents of this small city’s relationship with wider issues—surprisingly enough, given that this is the Mexican artist’s first solo exhibition in Britain.

Camil’s Fade into Black, 2017, for instance, is a curtain measuring more than one hundred

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