Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús Exhibition:

Santiago Sierra

The Spanish artist Santiago Sierra shocks people with his radical and provocative works that challenge the audience’s sense of propriety.

Sierra is accused of abusing the miserable situation of unfortunate people by paying them for participating in his works with actions that many consider extremely problematic.

Sierra’s intention, however, is not to shock, but to shed light on the general public’s ideas on inequality and the unequal distribution of wealth within the society.

He has remunerated prostitutes with heroin for having a line tattooed on their backs while sitting in a straight line.

He has given laborers the task of carrying heavy objects back and forth in complete futility, and locked others up inside cardboard boxes in the suffocating summer heat.

Sierra represented Spain at the Vienna Biennale 2003 where no one except his countrymen were allowed to enter the exhibition hall.

This is Sierra’s first international exhibition including all his documentaries and videos, and his impressive performances will also add flavor to the daily life in Reykjavík during the time of the exhibition.

On display until April 15.

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