Amalia Pica

Amalia Pica (b. 1978) lives and works in London. Amalia's work includes performance, sculpture, filmic and photographic objects, as well as texts and ready-mades that work autonomously but come together as installations. She describes her shows as conversations (between collections of different pieces) and the works explore the idea of enunciation and the performative nature of thought and speech. Each work looks at different degrees of separation from the person to whom the gestures (speech, waving, singing) are directed, for example, a deaf monologue; singing in the shower or on a stage to a huge audience; waving flags to send long distance messages; someone waiting for someone else to say something; devices ready to receive signals that are no longer sent. All the works 'talk' about talking (or making contact) to another person who might be nearby, or distant. She has shown internationally and has solo exhibitions in 2011 at University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Marc Foxx Gallery, LA, USA; SKOR, Inkijk, Amsterdam; her work was shown in ILLUMInations - the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and in 2012 she will be included in Generational Triennial, New Museum, NYC.

Amalia Pica | I feel this award comes from a very profound understanding of the social condition of artists and the way we live and work, and I feel very honoured to have been given this generous gift. It will transform my life and work in a very tangible way and it couldn't come at a better time to help me grow and develop by giving me space to breathe and focus on what seems important. I have always believed that art can be made with five pounds. And I still do. However the possibility of surviving and having the peace of mind that this award enables, as well as the possibility of making things without having to negotiate a budget will represent an enormous emancipation in my thinking process. I am extremely moved and feel very encouraged and excited about what lies ahead. Thank you.