Pia Camil, Divisor Pirata, 2016.

“The paca industry is problematic because a lot of it is contraband,” Camil explains. “Most of the clothing is made in Mexico, to be sold to the U.S., that then gets donated to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Then Mexican vendors buy it from those places and bring it back to Mexico illegally, transported in buses or trailers, like drug contraband.” Camil first included the piece in a street performance in Guatemala, and will exhibit a version of it at her upcoming show at the Texas museum Dallas Contemporary.

She has sewn t-shirts into a multi-person garment

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