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

We Are In Time

We Are In Time

28th February 2020 - 29th February 2020
Unfurling through song, words and a visionary live score for strings and electronics, Scottish Ensemble's We Are In Time tells the extraordinary story of a transplanted heart.
Beginners Screen-printing

Beginners Screen-printing

16th April 2020
Studio Pavilion are running a 6-week beginners screen-printing class which will build your confidence in this amazing process and further develop your skills and techniques!
Mono-printing Masterclass

Mono-printing Masterclass

17th April 2020
Learn how to create striking, urgent and playful prints through the accessible yet complex art of mono-printing on this workshop at Studio Pavilion!

Exhibitions Events you might like...

Whisky and Water
Whisky and Water
23rd Jan 2020 - 23rd Feb 2020 Galleries, Glasgow City Centre
Whisky and Water at ScotlandArt is an exhibition celebrating the best of Scottish Art - just like Rabbie would want!
‘Travel Beyond the Face and Find a Story’ Exhibition by Doug Moir
‘Travel Beyond the Face and Find a Story’ Exhibition by Doug Moir
2nd Feb 2020 - 29th Feb 2020
Helensburgh Art Hub, Helensburgh
The Helensburgh Art Hub's first solo exhibition of the year is 'Travel Beyond the Face and Find a Story'by Doug Moir!
Stephen Ratomski: Solo Exhibition
Stephen Ratomski: Solo Exhibition
5th Feb 2020 - 14th Apr 2020
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow South Side
Stephen Ratomksi will present a solo exhibition of new and existing work in the Art Lovers Café in the Spring!
Find Exhibitions events in Glasgow

Find other events in Glasgow

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park for a seventh year in July and August 2020!
Glasgow Canal Festival
The Glasgow Canal Festival returns to Glasgow's iconic Forth & Clyde Canal between Spiers Wharf and Applecross Basin on Saturday 25th July!
The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is returning to the King's Theatre Glasgow with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!
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!
The National Whisky Festival
The annual National Whisky Festival of Scotland will once again descend on SWG3 in January as part of Celtic Connections 2020!

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 »