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3 Cubes of 100 cm on Each Side Moved 700 cm, 2002

Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

Six Albanian refugees, without the right to work, were hi- red to move by hand three cement cubes from one wall to its opposite wall in an art space.

Santiago Sierra, 3 Cubes of 100 cm on Each Side Moved 700 cm. Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, April 2002, C-Print, 150 x 220 cm

C-Print, 150 x 220 cm

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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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