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Santiago Sierra

(b. Madrid, Spain, 1966; lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)
COMMISSIONED BY St Paul Street Gallery

Santiago Sierra undertook a research visit in Auckland in March 2009 supported by Seacex and the Embassy of Spain, New Zealand, but decided not to develop a project for the One Day Sculpture series with his commissioner St. Pauls Street Gallery, Auckland. During his research visit, the artist produced his own independent action in Wellington. For further information on this work, please click here >>



biography



Santiago Sierra, Palabra de Fuego (Word of Fire), 2007



From the start of his career, Sierra has been interested in political and social issues as well as the structures of power that operate in the capitalist market economy. Sierra's work intervenes into these structures exposing situations of exploitation and marginalisation, famously hiring underprivileged individuals who, in exchange for money, are willing to undertake pointless or unpleasant tasks. Sierra's work never repeats reality, but challenges it exposing its intrinsic mechanisms. Sierra produces realities instead of depicting them. The essence of the work is often in the tension generated and sustained between the event or its documentation and the spectator, who is exposed to what can be described as the formal and poetic articulation of the voice of all those who are normally marginalised or disenfranchised.


Through his work, he tries to show what he feels to be the absurdity of power relations, taking his analysis to its final consequences, which sometimes means surpassing the limits of what we consider today as politically correct. Two main lines of work inform his oeuvre: performance art and the creation of sculptural objects. This last betrays influences of arte povera minimalism of the 1960s. His works are localized and temporary, related to a specific history of a specific location.


Santiago Sierra (born 1966 in Madrid) lives in Mexico City, Mexico. He participated in numerous major exhibitions like the Venice Biennial in 2003 (Spanish Pavilion) and had solo exhibitions, like House in the Mud, Hanover 2005, and 300 tons, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003).



 
 
 

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