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Hiring and Arrangement of 30 Workers in Relation to Their Skin Color, 2002

Project Space, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Kunsthalle Wien contacted thirty workers who had been recommended to them. They sought persons of various skin colors -from very light to very dark- to be arranged side-by-side. The persons were contacted by telephone and asked where they came from. From this, their skin color was deduced. As soon as a sufficient number of people for the desired spectrum of shades were thought to be available, the persons involved were called together. The first 27 persons to arrive were arranged in their underwear with their faces to the wall. Those involved who had the appropriate mixture of white and color turned up when the action had already ended. This can be seen in the result: the in-between shades are missing.

Santiago Sierra, Hiring and Arrangement of 30 Workers in Relation to Their Skin Color, Project Space, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, September 2002, C-Prints (Diptych), 150 x 220 cm each
Santiago Sierra, Hiring and Arrangement of 30 Workers in Relation to Their Skin Color, Project Space, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, September 2002, C-Prints (Diptych), 150 x 220 cm each

C-Prints (Diptych), 150 x 220 cm each

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