Uncheck the box to avoid the aggregation and analysis of your behaviour data collected on this website. Done
Looking for something specific?
Just start typing anywhere to search anything.

Yours, KOW


G & T building. Guatemala City, 1999

On the top floor of a semi-occupied office building, situated in the industrial zone of Guatemala City, eight boxes of residual cardboard were made and installed, separated from each other at equal distances. Eight chairs were placed next to these boxes.

A public offer for work was then made, asking for people willing to remain seated inside the boxes for four hours, receiving 100 quetyals, about $9. After receiving a considerable response from the workers, they werer placed in the boxes at noon and came out at three o’clock, an hour earlier than the planned schedule due to the excruciating heat. The public was unable to see the workers when they were placed in the boxes.

Santiago Sierra, 8 People Paid to remain Inside Cardboard Boxes, G & T building. Guatemala City, 1999, protocol work

protocol work

  • INDEX:

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.

Full Biography