Amalia Pica: please listen hurry others speak better


“Amalia Pica has been making artworks that test the limits of communication and understanding with a playful and open-ended approach for nearly two decades. She is interested in models and objects that bring people together and, conversely, in revealing the failure of many technologies and established codes of behaviour to do just that.“ —Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, p6

This publications considers works presented in the exhibitions ears to speak of at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, curated by Carolin Köchling, and presented 29 September - 31 December 2017, and please open hurry at the Institute of Modern Art, curated by Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, and presented 18 November 2017 - 10 March 2018, then circulated to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, curated by Eugenio Viola, and presented 4 August - 7 October 2018.

In her practice, Amalia Pica raises questions of communication and understanding in drawings, installations, performances, and sculptures that address shared experience. Pica’s ongoing research on listening, language, and translation are explored in works engaging a wide range of subjects, including animal-language studies, colour theory, hearing aids, and military history. Her works focus on failures and impossibilities of communication, engaging with the material mechanisms and relations of power that allow one to speak.

The book features texts by Volker Sommer, Eugenio Viola, Filipa Ramos, Amalia Pica, and Carolin Köchling.

Product Information

  • Publisher: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Sternberg Press
  • Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 9783956794278
  • Pages: 128
  • Illustrations: 88 colour illustrations
  • Dimensions:  29 x 25.5 cm, softcover
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Other Information:  Product Code: CAMALIAPI