Bara Bara Bara

Tramway proudly presents Bara Bara Bara, the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Mexico City based artist Pia Camil!

Bara Bara Bara

About Bara Bara Bara

Drawing inspiration from urban forms and mechanisms of exchange, in particular her relationship to Mexico City where she lives and works, this immersive installation hosts new and existing textile sculptures which visitors are invited to inhabit and activate.

Camil’s immense sculptural installations are comprised of t-shirts and jeans acquired from the street markets of Iztapalapa in Mexico City. Camil deconstructs the t-shirts and then sews them together, creating large stretches of fabric reflecting the markets which are housed under patchwork awnings of stretched tarpaulin. The billowing, suspended installation Bara, Bara, Bara draws its name from the pulsating cry of street vendors in Mexico City. Shortened from barato (cheap), the exclamation is aimed to draw customers attention to a wide variety of low-cost goods on sale.

The T-shirts and jeans which comprise the works on display were originally produced in Latin America, sold to retailers and organisations in the United States, and then illicitly found their way back to the bargain markets of Mexico City. By utilising them in her work Camil brings attention to contemporary trade routes through which commodities and bodies move, and the inequities of global commerce that define daily life in Mexico City.

Creating a patchwork of slogans, aspirational, commercial and political, the T-shirts also act as repositories of cultural information forming a snapshot of collective consciousness. Collaged together the diverse and polarized statements and imagery people choose to emblazon on their bodies offers a telling reflection of the social and political allegiances and binaries that define our contemporary moment.

The installation Bara, Bara, Bara is participatory artwork and visitors can walk beneath it and poke their heads through the openings of the T-shirts. A nod to previous iterations of the works, many of which have formed part of the artist’s large scale public performances. Resonating within a rich history of radical Latin American women artists, Camil’s Bara, Bara, Bara formally draws inspiration from Brazilian artist Lygia Pape’s seminal 1968 performance Divisor. In Pape’s work participants walked through the city connected by an enormous piece of white fabric, defying the then Brazilian military dictatorship’s infamous Institutional Act 5, which banned public protest and gatherings. Camil’s work similarly illustrates the tension between the identity of the individual versus that of the collective.

The artist will also present a new commission of discarded jeans sewn together, creating intimate and informal seating areas within the gallery. These works create a form of exchange with the viewer, their own bodies becoming an integral part of the work.

Tramway is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Bara Bara Bara are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Tramway or Southside Fringe Festival

Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

25th August 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

1st September 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
A Knot A Day

A Knot A Day

3rd September 2019 - 8th September 2019
A Knot A Day presented by AMINA is an immersive exhibition including a soundscape of stories and an art piece on the impact of Jinn and Black Magic on mental health.
The Duchess (of Malfi)

The Duchess (of Malfi)

4th September 2019 - 21st September 2019
Webster's dark tale of bloody treachery is the most thrilling and chilling of the Jacobean revenge tragedies, don't miss The Duchess (of Malfi) at Tramway as part of the Citizens Women season!
Jason Byrne: Wrecked But Ready

Jason Byrne: Wrecked But Ready

27th September 2019
Comedian Jason Byrne returns with his brand-new show, Wrecked But Ready! Catch him at Tramway Glasgow on Friday 27th September 2019!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

29th September 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Dance International Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow

4th October 2019 - 26th October 2019
The third ever DIG returns to Glasgow this October, bringing with it a programme that breaks new ground, a clutch of new commissions, and a rich mix of established and rising stars of the dance scene.
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

6th October 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Mono-printing Masterclass

Mono-printing Masterclass

12th October 2019
Learn how to create striking, urgent and playful prints through the accessible yet complex art of mono-printing on this workshop at Studio Pavilion!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

27th October 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

3rd November 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Ardal O’Hanlon - the Showing Off Must Go On

Ardal O’Hanlon - the Showing Off Must Go On

13th November 2019
Irish comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon is bringing his must-see new show, The Showing Off Must Go On, to Tramway Glasgow on 13th November 2019!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

24th November 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

1st December 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Pinocchio

Pinocchio

7th December 2019 - 4th January 2020
The much loved children's classic Pinocchio comes to life this Christmas at Tramway courtesy of the Citizens Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

14th December 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!
Park Lane Market

Park Lane Market

15th December 2019
Park Lane Market is a pop-up market held on the first and last Sunday of each month in Shawlands!

Exhibitions Events you might like...

Studio Gallery Monthly Exhibition
Studio Gallery Monthly Exhibition
25th August 2019
NA, Helensburgh
West Coast artist Pamela Randal holds a monthly exhibition showcasing her work at her studio in Helensburgh!
Artist Talk: Gordon Irving
Artist Talk: Gordon Irving
25th August 2019
Helensburgh Art Hub, Helensburgh
Pop along to Helensburgh Art Hub on Thursday 15th August for a free talk by artist Gordon Irving in conjunction with his exhibition 'Musicians Are My Muse'.
Gallowgate Artists Studios Summer Exhibition
Gallowgate Artists Studios Summer Exhibition
25th August 2019
Gallowgate Artists Studios, Glasgow East End
Gallowgate Artists Studios, one of the oldest artists studios in Glasgow, is hosting their Summer Exhibition featuring work from 15 artists between August 23rd and September 1st!
Find Exhibitions events in Glasgow

Find other events in Glasgow

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Glasgow Summer Sessions
Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019, featuring headliners The Cure, Foo Fighters and The 1975, looks set to be truly unmissable!
GlasGLOW
This Halloween, step into a magical world full of light, fantasy and fun when GlasGLOW returns to Glasgow's Botanic Gardens courtesy of itison!
Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire
The 2019 Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire, marking the 1263 Battle of Largs and the 40th anniversary of the festival, will be held between the 31st August and 8th September!
Glasgow Central Station Tours
Glasgow Central Tours offer you the chance to explore behind the scenes of Glasgow's most iconic and busiest landmarks, Central Station!
Blochairn Car Boot Sale
Browse the stalls and bag yourself a bargain at the weekly City Markets car boot sale in Blochairn!

Popular Venues

King's Theatre Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The SSE Hydro

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »