Lisson Gallery

Santiago Sierra

For the past two decades, Santiago Sierra has carried out provocative actions around the world. Influenced by the formal language of the minimal and conceptual art movements of the 1960s and 70s, Santiago Sierra’s work addresses the hierarchies of power and class that operate in our modern society and everyday existence. Sierra became well known for his actions in which underprivileged or marginalised individuals were hired to perform menial or pointless tasks in exchange for money. Pieces such as Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattooed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City, May 1998 (1998) or 8 people paid to remain inside cardboard boxes, G&T Building. Guatemala City, August 1999 (1999) underline the situations of labourers’ exploitation, isolation, and repression within capitalist structures. By transforming individuals into consumer goods, Sierra also highlights current socio-political issues while challenging the intrinsic mechanisms of reality. As a result, the essence of his work can often be found exemplified in the tension that is generated and sustained between the ephemeral performance, its documentation, and the spectator. The latter is hence exposed to the edges of morality and permissibility, but also to the formal and poetic articulation of the voices of those who are ordinarily invisible or unheard.

Santiago Sierra was born in Madrid in 1966, where he lives and works. He has undertaken projects in many countries including Argentina, Algeria, Korea, Poland, Cuba and Iceland. He studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK) between 1989 and 1991, as well as at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City between 1995 and 1997. Recent solo shows include ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies, Barcelona, Spain (2018); Museu de Lleida, Spain (2018); Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (2017); Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); Prometeo gallery, Milan, Italy (2016); Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (2016); Labor, Mexico (2015); Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2013); Te Tuhi Centre, New Zealand (2013); Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2012); Museo Madre, Napels, Italy (2009); CAC Malaga, Spain (2006); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium (2004). Santiago Sierra has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions including the Imperial War Museum, London (2018); ECCO, Cádiz, Spain (2018); Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia (2018); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Poland (2016); National Gallery of Art, Poland (2015); Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014). Santiago Sierra represented Spain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, where he presented his works Covered Word and Wall Enclosing a Spaceand Hooded Woman Seated Facing the Wall.

Santiago Sierra
COVERED WORD Spanish Pavilion. Venice Biennial. Venice, Italy, June 2003,
Black and White photographs 29.6 x 21 cm each 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in each

Santiago Sierra
COVERED WORD Spanish Pavilion. Venice Biennial. Venice, Italy, June 2003,
Black and White photographs 29.6 x 21 cm each 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in each

Santiago Sierra
COVERED WORD Spanish Pavilion. Venice Biennial. Venice, Italy, June 2003,
Black and White photographs 29.6 x 21 cm each 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in each

Santiago Sierra
COVERED WORD Spanish Pavilion. Venice Biennial. Venice, Italy, June 2003,
Black and White photographs 29.6 x 21 cm each 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in each

Santiago Sierra
A WORKER´S ARM PASSING THROUGH THE CEILING OF AN ART SPACE FROM A DWELLING Calle Orizaba, 160. Mexico City, Mexico, January 2004.,
Black and White photographs

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
POLYURETHANE SPRAYED ON THE BACKS OF 10 WORKERS Lisson Gallery London, U.K., July 2004.,
Black and White Photographs 32.5 x 72cm 12 7/8 x 28 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
HOUSE IN MUD Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 2005.,
Black and White photograph

Santiago Sierra
HOUSE IN MUD Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 2005.,
Black and White photograph

Santiago Sierra
HOUSE IN MUD Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 2005.,
Black and White photograph

Santiago Sierra
HOUSE IN MUD Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 2005.,
Black and White photograph

Santiago Sierra
HOUSE IN MUD Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 2005.,
Black and White photograph

Santiago Sierra
Group of people facing a wall, Lisson Gallery, London, October 2002,
Black and white photograph 150 x 225cm 59 x 88 5/8 in

Santiago Sierra
NO GLOBAL TOUR 1 From the Carpenter shop to the former stable. Lucca, Italy, July 2009.,
Black and White photograph 100 x 177 cm (unframed) 39 3/8 x 69 5/8 in (unframed)

Santiago Sierra
NO GLOBAL TOUR 1 From the Carpenter shop to the former stable. Lucca, Italy, July 2009.,
Black and White photograph 100 x 177 cm (unframed) 39 3/8 x 69 5/8 in (unframed)

Santiago Sierra
NO GLOBAL TOUR 1 From the Carpenter shop to the former stable. Lucca, Italy, July 2009.,
Black and White photograph 100 x 177 cm (unframed) 39 3/8 x 69 5/8 in (unframed)

Santiago Sierra
Space closed by corrugated metal, Lisson Gallery, London, September 2002,
Black and white photograph 150 x 225 cm 59 x 88 5/8 in

Santiago Sierra
VETERANS OF THE WARS OF AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ AND NORTHERN IRELAND FACING THE CORNER, 11 Rooms exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery. Manchester, United Kingdom. July 2011, 2011
HD DVD projection, 720p Duration 00:49:00

Santiago Sierra
Arrangement of 12 prefabricated parapets. Herzliya Museum, Herzliya, Israel, September 2004, 2004
Prints 87.1 x 63.1 x 3.5cm 34 3/8 x 24 7/8 x 1 3/8 in

Santiago Sierra
Línea de 30 cm tatuada sobre una persona remunerada, Calle Regina # 51, Mexico D.F., Mayo 1998 / Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattooed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City, May 1998, 2016
Black and white print, 1998 211 x 150 cm 83 x 59 in

Santiago Sierra
VETERANS OF THE WARS OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ FACING THE CORNER, Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, USA. June 2011, 2011
HD DVD projection, 720p Duration 1:27:00

Santiago Sierra
BLACK FLAG, 2015
On April 13th and 14th a black flag was planted on the North Pole, latitude 90o North. The expedition traveled from Svalbard to the Russian ice base Barneo. On December 2015 the same was done again at the South Pole.

Santiago Sierra
333M., 2018
Wiesbaden Biennale. Reisinger Anlagen, Wiesbaden, Germany August 23, 2018 The city of Wiesbaden was divided by a line of HESCO steel containers of 333 meters forming a defensive barrier

Exhibitions

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    Santiago Sierra: Impenetrable Structure

    14 July – 26 August 2017

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    Santiago Sierra: Dedicated to the Workers ...

    1 February – 3 March 2012

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    Santiago Sierra: New Works

    30 November 2007 – 19 January 2008

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    Santiago Sierra

    13 July – 28 August 2004

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    Santiago Sierra: Part 2

    16 October – 6 November 2002

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    Santiago Sierra: Part 1

    10 September – 10 October 2002

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