Santiago Sierra was born in 1966 in Madrid, where he currently works and resides.
He is a performer, photographer, and video artist. His work attempts to depict the perversity of power networks, which promote the alienation and exploitation of workers, the unequal distribution of wealth and racial discrimination. He holds a degree in Fine Arts form the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and completed his education in Hamburg with F. E. Walter, S. Browm and B. J. Blume. He began his career as part of the alternative scene of Madrid, and later worked in Mexico (1995-2006) and in Italy (2006-2010).
By revisiting and modernizing some of the strategies found in minimalism, conceptual art and performance of the seventies, Sierra disrupted the flow of capital and merchandise by creating Obstrucción de una vía con un contenedor de carga (1998) and Persona obstruyendo una línea de containers (2009); he hired workers and exposed their precarious work conditions to create the piece 20 trabajadores en la bodega de un barco (2001); he explored the racial segregation mechanisms that result from economic inequality and created Estudio económico de la piel de los caraqueños (2006); finally, he challenged the legitimacy of a democracy based on State violence in Veteranos de las guerras de Camboya, Ruanda, Kosovo, Afganistan e Irak de cara a la pared (2010-2012) and Los encargados (2012).
Los nombres de los caídos en el conflicto sirio desde el 15 de marzo de 2011 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2016
From May 27th at 10 hs till May 29th at 18.43 hs.
Durational piece of 56 hours and 43 minutes.
Free admission (Participants will be admitted at any time and allowed to stay in the space for as long as they want)
Curated by: Maricel Álvarez
Spanish artist Santiago Sierra will be staging a new performance. The project will involve a live reading of the names of those murdered in Syria after March 15th 2011.
The performance will take place over a period of approximately eight days between the 21st and the 30th of May, 2017. The reading will be continuous, with no interruptions, until all names have been read in all four venues co-producing the project: the CCA in Tel Aviv, the Festwochen in Viena, The Lisson Gallery in London, and the Bienal de Performance in Buenos Aires.
The Syrian Conflict Research Group (GICS), part of the Middle East Sociology Department at the School of Social Sciences of Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), headed by Professor Pedro Brieger, will be in charge of the research and collection of the victims' names.
Performers: Blas Arrese Igor, Cecilia Blanco, Eugenia Cadús, Erica D’Alessandro, Mateo de Urquiza, Soledad García, Emilio García Wehbi, Luciana Mastromauro, Manuela Méndez, Tarek Riahi, Juan Pablo Sierra, Omar Zahi.
Production: Centro Cultural Recoleta and BP.17 with the support of the Centro Cultural de España. Coproduction: Lisson Gallery (Londres), CCA (Tel Aviv), Wiener Festwochen (Viena).