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10 Inch Line Shaved on The Heads of Two Junkies Who Received a Shot of Heroin as Payment, 2000

302 Fortaleza Street, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

San Juan de Puerto Rico is home to a great number of heroin addicts, who can be seen begging for money in the streets of the tourist area of old San Juan. Two of them were shaved with a10 inch line on their heads. each of them was given a shot of heroin for payment.

Santiago Sierra, 10 Inch Line Shaved on The Heads of Two Junkies Who Received a Shot of Heroin as Payment, 302 Fortaleza Street, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, October 2000, chromogenic print, b&w, 150 x 224 cm, ed. of 5 + 1AP

chromogenic print, b&w, 150 x 224 cm, ed. of 5 + 1AP

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Santiago Sierra

Santiago Sierra's oeuvre stands out from the art history of the past 30 years like a massive black monolith. The Spaniard, who was born in 1966 and also lived in Latin America, knows like no other how to use the established forms and rules of contemporary art to give the violence and injustice of Western modernity a face - a face that is our own. The formal language of minimalism, in its distanced, cool way, is particularly suited to being short-circuited with the abstract economic and institutional apparatuses that bind people into the dehumanized conditions of production, migration, (self-)exploitation, and stigmatization. Those conditions, in other words, that guarantee the privileges of most of the viewers to whom Sierra's work addresses itself in the art world. Not everyone likes that. Sierra is the living shadow in the repressed bad conscience of power and money, with which people rule over people. His work has been honored institutionally many times, and in 2003 he represented Spain at the Venice Biennale.



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