Now, Speak!, 2011
59" X 47" X 47"
Courtesy of the artist and Marc Foxx
Amalia Pica’s practice often engages issues of communication, access, interactivity, and public address—concerns shaped by her childhood experiences in an unstable Argentina. With this work, Pica appropriates the familiar form of a speaker’s lectern, recreating it as an artwork in cast concrete. She amplifies it’s symbolism by placing it in a public space, making it accessible both as a physical object and as a vehicle for communication.
Amalia Pica (b. 1978, Neuquén Capital, Argentina) lives and works in London and Amsterdam. Pica’s work is often rooted in ideas of civic participation, resulting in temporary interventions on buildings and monuments. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2012); the Venice Biennale (2011); Hayward Gallery, London (2010); Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Platform Garanti, Istanbul (2006); and the Liverpool Biennial (2006). Pica was the 2011 recipient of a Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation grant.