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AMALIA PICA | Gwangju Biennale

09/02/2016 - 11/06/2016

Joy in Paperwork (2015–16) is a series of approximately 1,000 drawings by Amalia Pica (b. 1978, Neuquén Capital/London). The drawings on A4 paper are made using bureaucratic stamps that Pica has collected from various places in the world. The works on view in GB11 include new drawings incorporating stamps from Korea, which is where the woodblock printing press was invented in the thirteenth century, a piece of information that Pica came to discover upon her first visit to Gwangju in 2015. As a practice of inhabiting the abstraction of bureaucratic mechanisms and subverting it, Pica creates elaborate decorative drawings with these stamps. As the text of the stamps such as “paid,” “received,” or “copy” are repeatedly imprinted, their utility becomes abstracted, giving way to patterns or recognizable forms—emerging as flowers, volcanoes, or landscapes.