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Santiago Sierra  

“... Sierra is renowned for revealing conceptual projects that focus on inequities in social and economic systems, using workers as performers and participants. He has said he considers his role as an artist is to press on sore spots and create uncomfortable situations for people who want to have fun in galleries. His work can be seen as an attack on capitalism in general and the art world in particular, and has a strong element of the absurd...”

(excerpt from 'Conceptual artist"s war on complacency', Rosalie Higson, The Australian, November 16, 2010)

Works chronology  
MiscWorks works 2012  
for written information about Santiago Sierra please contact the gallery


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1966 born in Madrid, Spain. Santiago Sierra
  Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
2010 ‘NO, Global Tour’, Various locations, ongoing project
'7 forms measuring 600 x 60 x 60 cm, constructed to be held horizontally to a wall', Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
'Enterramiento de diez trabajadores', Chiesa del Luogo Pio, Livorno, Italy
2009 ‘NO, Global Tour’, Various locations, ongoing project
’34 cm.’, prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan, Italy
‘Ponticelli’, Madre, Naples, Italy
‘Santiago Sierra’ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo (Marco), Vigo, Spain
‘Los penetrados’, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
‘Santiago Sierra’, Magasin3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 ‘Santiago Sierra. Nuovi lavori italiani’, prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan, Italy
‘Proyecto Caracas’, Sala Mendoza e Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas,
‘Submission’, Proyecto Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
‘Santiago Sierra. New Works’, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
‘La trampa’ e ‘Los adultos’, Centro Cultural Matucana, Santiago del Chile, Chile
‘Himnos", Cabildo de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

‘Iluminacio del espacio entre dos planos’, CAC Malaga, Spain
‘Diamondtraffickills / Goldtraffickills’, Chus Bures Space, Madrid, Spain
’245 m³’, Sinagoga Stommeln, Pulheim, Germany
‘Santiago Sierra’, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland

2005 ‘Santiago Sierra. Haus Im Schlamm’, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
‘Una Persona’, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
‘Santiago Sierra Under Construction 2: Casa Poporului”, National Museum of
Contemporary Art, Bucarest, Romania
2004 ‘Santiago Sierra’, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
‘Santiago Sierra’, Lisson Gallery, Londra, UK
‘Santiago Sierra. Klassenkampf’, Associazione Culturale Prometeo and Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca, Italy
‘Santiago Sierra’, Galerie Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
‘Santiago Sierra’, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
‘Santiago Sierra’, Centre d`art contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny, France
‘Santiago Sierra’, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
2003 ‘Santiago Sierra’, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Polanco, Mexico
Spanish Pavillion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2002 ‘Group of persons facing the wall and person facing into a corner’, Lisson Gallery,
London, UK
‘2 maraqueros’, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico
‘Person saying a phrase’, New Street, Birmingham, UK
‘Getto di poliuretano sopra 18 persone’, Associazione Culturale Prometeo and Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Ex Chiesa di San Matteo, Lucca, Italy
2001 20 trabajadores en la bodega de un barco’, Maremagnum harbour of Barcelona, Spain
‘430 personas remuneradas con 30 Soles (1/2 $) la hora’, Galleria Pancho Fierro, Lima, Peru
2000 ‘Person paid for 360 continuous hours of work’, P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
‘Muro de una galeria arrancado, inclinado a 60 grados del suelo 7 sistenido por 5 personas’ Acceso A, Mexico City, Mexico
"12 workers paid to remain inside cardboard boxes", Ace Gallery New York, New York, USA
"Publico transportado entre dos puntos de la Ciudad De Guatemala’, Bella de Vico Arte Contemporaneo, Guatemala City, Guatemala
1999 "Linea de 250 cm tatuata sobre 6 personas remuneradas", Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba
"465 personas remuneradas", Gallery Seven, Mexico City, Mexico
"24 blocks of concrete constantly moved during a day’s work by paid workers’”, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2010 "Nuevas producciones: Proyecto Juárez", Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
“Arte y politica”,, Culiacán, Mexico
Investigations of a dog - Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal
Fetiches críticos. Residuos de la economía general - CA2M - Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain
2009 Performa 09, New York, USA
“cargo / cargo manifest / cargo vision”, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
“Persona. Presencias humanas en la fotografía contemporánea”, Galeria Maior, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
“Political/Minimal”, Muzeum Sztuki w Lodz, Lodz, Poland
“Arte ≠ Vida”, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
“The First Stop on the Super Highway”, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, Korea
‘Offer & Exchange: Sites of negotiation in Contemporary Art’, London, UK
‘Repeat All’, MIS, São Paulo, Brazil
2008 ‘The Living Currency’, Tate Modern, London, UK
‘All-Inclusive – A Tourist World’, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
‘Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000’, El Museo del
Barrio, New York, USA
‘GREENWASHING - Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities’, Fondazione
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
‘Art in the Life World’, Breaking Ground, Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
‘Typical! Clichés of Jews and Others’, The Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
‘Terms of Use’, Montehermoso Cultural Centre, Victoria-Gasteiz, Spain

‘Perplexed in Public’, Lisson Gallery (different locations), London, UK
‘Active Constellation’, Brno Hause of Art, Brno, Czech Republic
Stable - The balance of Power’, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
‘Paranoia’, The Freud Museum, London, UK
‘RAUM. Orte der Kunst’, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
‘We are your future’, Special program during the 2nd Moscow Biennial, Moscow,
‘Concept: Photography – Dialogues & Attitudes’, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
‘The Invisible Show’, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
‘iViva la Muerte!’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
‘Existencias’, Musac, Leon, Spain
1st Athens Biennial 2007, Athens, Greece
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2007, Göteborg, Sweden
‘The Hours: Visual art of contemporary latinamerican art’, Museum of
Contemporary Art of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
‘New Economy’, Artists Space, New York, USA
‘Not Afraid of the Dark’, Hangar Bicocca | spazio d’arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy
‘Raum - Orte der Kunst’, AdK - AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE, Berlin, Germany


‘Kunst und Photographie, Photographie und Kunst’ Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany
‘Surprise Surprise’ ICA, London, UK
‘TRANSIT’, ARTFrankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
‘The View from Here: Acquisitions since 2000’, Tate Modern, London, UK
‘The Grand Promenade’, National Museum of Contemporary Art
- EMST, Athens, Greece
‘Into me / Out of me’, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA

2005 ‘Power Plays – Artists Challenge Authorities’, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
‘Minimalism And After IV’, Sammlung Daimler Chrysler, Berlin, Germany
‘Always a Little Further’, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
‘War is over 1945 – 2005. La libertá dell’arte da Picasso a Warhol a Cattelan’,
GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
‘Centre of Gravity’, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
‘General Ideas - Rethinking Conceptual Art 1987–2005’, CCA Wattis Institute
for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
‘8e Biennale de Lyon – ‘Expérience de la durée’, La biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
‘En Attente’, Casino Luxembourg - Forum dart contemporain, Luxembourg
Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic
Sharjah International Art Biennial 7, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
‘Interessi Zero’, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
2004 “Produciendo Realidad”, Associazione Culturale Prometeo, Ex Chiesa di San Matteo, Lucca, Italy
26° Bienal de São Paulo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK
‘Seven Sins’, MUSEION - Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy
‘Social Capital - Forms of Interaction’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York City, USA
‘The Big Nothing’, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA
‘SOZIALE KREATUREN - Wie Körper Kunst wird’, recommended Sprengel
Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
‘The Real Royal Trip / El Retorno’, Patio Herreriano - Museo de Arte
Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid, Spain
‘Material Witness’, MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA
‘Made in Mexico’, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
2003 ‘Stretch’, The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
‘Guided by Heroes’, Limburg, Belgium
‘Hardcore, towards a new activism’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
‘Witness’, Barbican Art, London, UK
‘El real viaje Real / The Real Royal Trip’, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
‘Fast Forward’, ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
‘In faccia al mondo. Il ritratto contemporaneo nel medium fotografico’, Villa
Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy
‘Money for Nothing’, Artspace, Auckland, New Zeland
2002 ‘20 Million Mexicans Can’t be wrong’, SLG South London Gallery, London, UK
‘Centre of Attraction’, The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
‘Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values’,
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
‘Coartadas / Alibis’, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
‘Art & Economy’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
‘Alibis / coartadas’, Institut du Mexique à Paris, Paris, France
2001 ‘Angst’ Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany
‘3 Intervenciones Urbanas’, Barcelona Art Report 2001, Barcelona, Spain
‘ARS 01. Unfolding Perspectives’, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
’Trans Sexual Express: A Classic for the Third Millennium’, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
‘La platea dell’umanità’, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
‘Neue Welt’, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
2000 ‘Pervirtiendo el minimalismo’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Madrid, Spain
‘Extramuros’, Havana, Cuba
‘Leaving the Island’, Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan, Korea
‘Documentos’, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
‘A shot in a head’, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
EV.A 2000, Friends and Neighbours, The 4th biennial invited ev.a. Limerik,

Santiago Sierra. Ponticelli
Eduardo Cicelyn, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Nando Sigona
Italian / English
Electa / Madre, Naples, 2009

Santiago Sierra. Banana company illuminated by diesel generator, Obstruction of a line of containers by a person and previous works.
Black and white, 66 pages
Swedish / English
Graphic design: Matilda Plöjel
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, 2009

7 trabajos / 7 works
Mariana David, Taiyana Pimentel, Francisco Javier San Martín, Alvaro Vázquez Mantecón, Pilar Villela Mascaró, Paromita Vohra
English / Spanish
Lisson Gallery, London, November 2007

Stommeln / Frankfurt
Hilke Wagner
Spanish / English
CAC Málaga, Málaga, May 2006

Casa del pueblo, Bucharest / House of the people, Bucharest
Mihnea Mircan
Spanish / English
CAC Málaga, Málaga, May 2006

Santiago Sierra
Fabio Cavallucci, Carlos Jiménez
Italian / English / Spanish
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento in collaboration with prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan / Silvana Editoriale, Milan, December 2005

Haus in Schlamm / House in mud
Veit Corner, Lutz Hieber, Waldemar R. Rohrbein, Gordon Uhlmann, Hilke Wagner
German / English
Hatje Cantz / Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, April 2005

Santiago Sierra – Fotografien un videos
Werner Lippert
NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, September 2004

300 tons and previous works
Eckhard Schneider
German / English
Kunsthause Bregenz, Düsseldorf, April 2004

Pinturas / Paintings
Pilar Villela Mascaró
Spanish / English
Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Octorber 2003

Santiago Sierra, Pabellón de España, 50ª Bienal de Venecia / Spanish Pavillion, 50th Venice Biennale
Ana Palacio, Rosa Martínez, Cuauhtémoc Medina
Spanish / English
Turner, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de España, Lisson Gallery London, Galerie Peter Kilchmann Zürich, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Venice, June 2003

Santiago Sierra
Gabriele Mackert, Gerald Matt
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, September 2002

Santiago Sierra, Espreado de poliuretano sobre 18 personas
Pierluigi Tazzi
Italian / English
Associazione Culturale Prometeo and Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca, March 2002

Historia Galerii Foksal Wylozona Bezrobotnemu Ukraincowi, Santiago Sierra
Pawel Polit, Marek Krajewsky, Agata Jakubowska y Lukasz Gorczyca
Polish / Russian / Spanish
Fundacja Galerii Foksal, Warsaw, 2002

Santiago Sierra
Taiyana Pimentel
German / Spanish
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Zurich, April 2001

Santiago Sierra, Works 2002-1990
Jonathan Watkins, Katya García-Antón
English / Spanish
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, February 2002