Santiago Sierra

Santiago’s substantial body of work acts to reveal the perverse networks of power that inspire the alienation and exploitation of workers, the injustice of labour relations, the unequal distribution of wealth produced by capitalism, the deviance of work and money, and the racial discrimination clearly evident in a world scored with unidirectional (south-north) migratory flows. Revisiting and refiguring certain strategies characterising the Minimalist, Conceptual and Performance Art of the 1960s and 70s, Sierra interrupts flows of capital and goods (Obstruction of Freeway With a Truck’s Trailer, 1998; Person Obstructing a Line of Containers, 2009); hires labourers to reveal their precarious circumstances (20 Workers in a Ship’s Hold, 2001); explores the mechanisms of racial segregation derived from economic inequalities (Hiring and Arrangement of 30 Workers in Relation to Their Skin Colour, 2002; Economical Study of The Skin of Caracans, 2006); and refutes the stories that legitimate a democracy based on state violence (Veterans of the Wars of Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq Facing the Corner, 2010–2; Los Encargados, 2012).



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The word “NO” printed on a black armband. This object was part of the staging of the NO GLOBAL TOUR, which ran from 2009 to 2011 and was made into a film in 2011. A large metal sculpture of the word "NO" was transported by truck around the world and...

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A large “NO” marble sculpture installed in the Piazza Bruccellaria Montecatini during the XIV Biennale Internazionale di scultura di Carrara, Italy.

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Within the framework of the neighbourhood protests against the installation of surveillance cameras held in the Lavapies neighbourhood of Madrid, the word NO was painted in front of the cameras.

image projection performance, large format photograph

The word “NO” is projected above the Pope as he celebrated World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Using a Fulgurator, a device designed by Julius von Bismarck, the image is projected briefly over the Pope and a photograph taken.

digital video, 2 hrs

A large metal sculpture of the word "NO" was transported by a truck around the world and repeatedly installed in different locations including Lucca, Italy, Berlin, Germany, Toronto, Canada, Detroit, USA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Brussels, Belgium, London, United Kingdom, New York City, USA, Calambrone, Italy, Lourdes,...


A large NO inscribed into a field of wheat near Rouillé, France.

Solo Exhibitions

Santiago Sierra. Solo Exhibition, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Mea Culpa, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy.
The Names of Those Killed in the Syrian Conflict Between 15’th of March 2011 and 31’st of December 2016, Center of Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel; Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria; Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lucia and the Prisoners, Gallery on the Move, Tirana, Albania.

25 veteranos/2205 crímenes de estado, Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain. L’abbeveratoio, Prometeo Gallery, Milan, Italy.
Black Flag, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhaguen, Denmark.

The Debt, Oldtown of Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany.
583 Hours of Work, Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany.
Athens Stray Dogs Project and The Trilogy of Pigs Eating Peninsulas, Kappatos Athens Art Gallery, Athens, Greece. Santiago Sierra. Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln,
Veterano de la guerra de México cara a la pared, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico.
Veteranos de las guerras del Paquisha y Perú cara a la pared, Galería Encarnación 2015 González, Madrid.
Four Black Vehicles with the Engine Running Inside an Art Gallery, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania.
La Lona, LABOR, México D.F., Mexico.

The Flock, Team Gallery, New York.
Lucia and the Prisioners, Zentralle Halle, Krems, Austria.

Veterans/Psychophonies, Void Gallery, Derry
40 m3 of Earth from the Iberian Peninsula, KOW, Berlin
El trabajo es la dictadura, galería Ivory Press, Madrid.
Veteran of the Allied Occupation in Germany, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany.
Veterans of the wars of Afghanistan, Irak and Vietnam, 13 Rooms, Sidney, Australia.
Santiago Sierra. Skulptur, Fotografie, Film, Kunsthalle Tübingen; Deichtorhallen – Sammlung
Falckenberg, Hamburg
Santiago Sierra, Kunstverein Arnsberg
Santiago Sierra, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Veterans, Team Gallery, New York
Destroyed Word, Te Tuhi Center for the Arts, Auckland
Los Encargados (con / mit / with Jorge Galindo), galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid
Pigs Devouring the Hellenic, Italic and Iberic Peninsulas, Prometeo Gallery, Milano

Dedicated to the Workers and Unemployed, Lisson Gallery, London
Santiago Sierra. Hafnarhús, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
No proyectado sobre el Papa (con / mit / with Julius Von Bismarck), PhotoEspaña, Off Limits, Madrid

NO, Global Tour, Artium, Vitoria / Ars Cameralis, Katowice CMX 04, galería Helga de  Alvear, Madrid
Santiago Sierra, Prometeo Gallery, Milano
Santiago Sierra / Cady Noland, KOW, Berlin

NO, Global Tour, verschiedene Orten / several locations
7 formas de 60 x 60 x 600 cm, construidas para ser sostenidas en perpendicular a la parad, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Enterramiento de diez trabajadores, Chiesa del Luogo
Pio, Livorno

NO, Global Tour, Milano
NO – European Tour Departure, Lucca
Santiago Sierra, MARCO, Vigo
34 cm, Prometeo Gallery, Milano
Santiago Sierra, Magasin 3 Stockolm Konsthall, Stockholm Los Penetrados, galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid

Remake of Group of Persons Facing the Wall and One Person Facing into a Corner, Lisson Gallery, London

Centro Cultural Matucana, Santiago de Chile
Santiago Sierra, New Works, Lisson Gallery, London
1549 Crimenes de Estado, Antiguo Edificio de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de la Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco, Mexico City
Himnos, Cabildo de Montevideo, Montevideo
Proyecto Caracas, Sala Mendoza, Caracas
Concierto para Planta Eléctrica a Diésel, Salon Experimental de la Fundación Chacao, Caracas
Sumision, Proyecto Juárez, Mexico City
Santiago Sierra, Prometeo Gallery, Milano

Santiago Sierra, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich Santiago Sierra, CAC, Málaga
The Punished, Art Frankfurt, Hall 9, Frankfurt 245m3, Stommeln Synagoge, Pulheim 89 Huicholes, San Andrés Jalisco, Jalisco

Under Destruction # 2. The Corridor in the House of the People, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bucuresti
Una persona, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Trento
Intercambio en las posiciones de dos volúmenes de tierra de 30m3 cada una, Nordkorea – Südkorea / North Korea – South Korea Loudspeakers, Arsenale, Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
Haus im Schlamm, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover

Santiago Sierra – Acciones 2001–04, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 120 horas de lectura continua de una guía de teléfono, galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid
Santiago Sierra, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf
Santiago Sierra, Lisson Gallery, London
Klassenkampf, Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca
Santiago Sierra, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich
300 Tons, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Santiago Sierra, Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny, Paris
Pinturas, galería Enrique Guerrero / Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City

100 personas escondidas, galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid
El Degüello, Battery Park, New York
Edificio iluminado, Arcos de Belén, Mexico City
Palabra tapada, Pabellón de España, Biennale di Venezia, Venezia 12 parapets, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya

Hiring and arrangement of 30 workers in relation to their skin colour, Kunsthalle Wien
Part 1 / Part 2, Lisson Gallery, London
3.000 huecos de 180 x 70 x 70 cm cada uno, Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo, Vejer de la Frontera
9 forms 100 x 100 x 600 cm each, constructed to be supported perpendicular to a wall, Deitch Projects, New York
Documents, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich
Spraying of polyurethane over 18 people, Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca
Construction and installation of 12 forms of 75 x 75 x 800 cm organized in two spaces, Carlier-Gebauer, Berlin
The history of the Foksal Gallery taught to an unemployed Ukrainian, Fundación Galería Foksal, Warsaw
Project Room, ARCO, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Madrid
Santiago Sierra. Works: 2002–1990, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2 maraqueros, galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City

430 personas remuneradas con 30 soles la hora, galería Pancho Fierro, Lima
20 trabajadores en la bodega de un barco. 3 intervenciones urbanas, Barcelona Art Report
Barcelona Banner held outside the entrance to an art fair, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Basel
Object measuring 600 x 57 x 52 cm constructed to be held horizontally to a wall, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich Miami Art Fair, Project Room, galería Enrique Guerrero, Miami

Workers who cannot be paid, remunerated to remain inside cardboard boxes, Kunst- Werke, Berlin
A person paid for 360 continuous working hours, P.S.1. New York
8 combinaciones para una puerta de 2 hojas, Proyecto Zapopan, Jalisco
Muro de una galería arrancado, inclinado a 60 grados del suelo y sostenido por 5 personas, 2000 Acceso A, Mexico City
12 workers paid to remain inside cardboard boxes, ACE Gallery, New York
Documents, ACE Gallery, Mexico City
Público transportado entre 2 puntos de la ciudad de Guatemala, Belia De Vico Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de Guatemala

Línea de 250 cm tatuada sobre seis personas remuneradas, Espacio Aglutinador, La Habana
465 personas remuneradas, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Sala 7, Mexico City
24 blocks of concrete constantly moved during a day’s work by paid workers, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles

Obstrucción de una vía con un contenedor de carga, Arte In Situ, La Torre de los Vientos, Mexico City

Traslación de un automóvil, Galería BF 15, Monterrey
Fardo de 1.000 x 400 x 250 cm, compuesto de plásticos en desuso y suspendido de la fachada de un edificio sito en la calle Isabel la Católica, 5, Galería Art & Idea, Mexico City

15 hexaedros de 250 cm de lado cada uno, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City

86 módulos de soporte publicitario metálico de 300 x 80 cm cada uno, galería Ángel Romero, Madrid Dos cilindros de 250 x 250 cm cada uno compuestos de carteles arrancado, Espacio P, Madrid

Selected Group Exhibitions


Fragile State, PinchukArteCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
Transactions – About the value of artistic labour, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
Closed Universe (Part II). Mechanisms of radicalism in contemporary art, Martinetz Gallerie, Cologne, Germany. L'Autre... De límage à la réalité 2/3: Face a l'Autre, Maison Populaire, Paris, France
HL2805xy57, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece
Primary Structures. Masterworks of Minimal Art, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
INTÉRIMS (Art contre emploi, La Panacée, Montpellier, France


The Others, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Militant Nostalgia, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada
For an Image, Faster than Light, Yinchuan Biennale, China
Antimusée/Antimuseum. Une retrospective d’expositions fermées, FRI ART, Centre d’Art de 2016 Fribourg, Switzerland. What People Do For Money, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas Hirschhorn & Santiago Sierra: Radical Democracy, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Performer, Audience, Mirror, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
El excusado, Galería Parque, Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico

Arte y propaganda libertaria, Encarnación González, Madrid, Spain
FAAC, Festival de Arte de Acción de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Under the Mountain. Jerusalem Season of Culture, Old Jerusalem, Israel
Motherlode. 35Esima edizione Drodesera, Centrale Fies, Trento, Italy
Workers Leaving The Studio. Looking Away From Socialist Realism, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana
Say What? / Ne dedin en?, GaleriZilberman, Estambul
Cross Section of a Revolution, Lisson Gallery, London
The Copenhagen Declaration. Jens Haaning / Santiago Sierra, Farschou Foundation, Nordhavn. Monte de Estépar, Espacio Tangente, Burgos
14 Rooms, Messe Basel, Basilea
Corpus – Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Das Ende 20. Jahrhunderts. Es jommt noch besser, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin. Smart new world, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Places of Transition, freiraum quertier21 INTERNATIONAL, Museum Quartir, Viena
BOOSTER. Kunst Sound Machine, Marta Herford, Herford

El arte del presente. Colección Helga de Alvear, Centro Centro, Madrid Performance Now, ICI, New York
Together / Apart, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Kunst und Migration, Kunsthalle Bahnitz, Berlin
13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sidney El cuerpo fragmentado, LIMAC, Madrid
Turn off the Sun, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix Believers, KOW, Berlin
Tireless Refrain, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yonguin

Internationales Sommervestival Hamburg 2012, Kampnagel, Hamburg
Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kerala
30 Artists / 30 Spaces, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Aproximaciones I. Arte español contemporáneo en la colección Helga de Alvear, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
12 Rooms, Ruhr Triennale, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Proyecto Juárez, Matadero Madrid, Madrid
Historias de la vida material. Personas, lugares, cosas, acontecimientos, ficciones, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
11 Rooms, Manchester International Festival, Manchester

Márgenes del silencio, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
El ángel exterminador. A room for Spanish Contemporary Art, Center for Fine Arts,  Brussels

Moralische Fantasien, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Viva la muerte, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The living Currency (La Monnaie Vivant),Tate Modern, London Political / Minimal, KW
Institut for Contemporary Art, Berlin
All Inclusive. A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Madrid Abierto. Intervenciones Arte Público, Madrid.

Entre fronteiras/Between Bordes. MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Vigo 2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow

The Grand Promenade, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Paranoia, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
Pasión/Provocación – fotografia & video en la Colección de Teofilo Cohen, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City TRANSIT, ART Frankfurt
AUTO-NOM-MOBILE, Kunstverein Kassel
La Monnaie vivant, CAC Brétigny

The Hours. Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America, Irish Museum of Modern Art,  Dublin
Hasta pulverizarse los ojos, Sala de Exposiciones BBVA, Madrid; Sala BBVA, Bilbao Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
Art Takes Place. A Lucky Strike, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen
Pursuit of Happiness, Leidsche Rijn
Police, Ober-Österreichisches Landesmuseum Graz
14a Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Caracas
De la crítica y los nuevos compromisos, IV Encuentro Iberoamericano de Fotografía, Sala Mendoza, Caracas; Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas
51a Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
Minimalism and After IV, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin
En attente, Casino Luxembourg
Bienal de Praga 2, Sección Acción Directa: Latin American Social Sphere, Prague
Bienal Internacional de Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Nothingness, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Kranj/Ljubljana
Eco. Arte contemporáneo mexicano, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Emergencias, MUSAC, León
Laocoonte devorado. Arte y violencia política, Artium, Vitoria; DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca
1 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Nothingness, Galerie Eugen Lendl, Granz
The Real Royal Trip, P.S.1 Contemporary Art, New Yorlk; Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid
VideoZone 2, Video Festival, Tel Aviv
Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Sevilla
Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Bienal de Liverpool, Liverpool
Seven Sins, Museion, Bolzano/Bozen
Gegen den Strich, Staatliche Kunsthallen Baden-Baden
Climats, Cyclothymie des paysages, Centre national d’art, Vassivière
Produciendo Realidad. Arte e resistenza latinoamericana, Prometeo – Associazione per l’arte contemporanea, Lucca
I need you, Centre Pasqu’Art, Biel/Bienne
Die Zehn Gebote, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Made in Mexico, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Social Capital, Art Gallery of the CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Brainstorming. Topographie de la morale, Centre national d’art, Vassivière
Cremers Haufen, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster S oziale Kreaturen. Wie Körper Kunst wird, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
Material Witness, Museum of Modern Art, Cleveland, OH
Made in Mexico, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Repertorio sistématico de consulta rápida para el estudiante y profesional con definiciones acordes con la realidad del mundo actual, CANAIA, Mexico City
Auto-nom. Das Automobil in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, NRW Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf
Nuevos Proyectos, Fundación Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo, Vejer de la Frontera
Hardcore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Witness, Barbican Art Centre, London
Mexico Attacks!, Associazione Prometeo per l’Arte Contemporanea, Lucca
M_ARS. Art and War, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz
Segundo encuentro de arte experimental de Madrid, Artistas Visuales Asociados de Madrid

20 Million Mexicans Can’t Be Wrong, South London Gallery, London
Corpi Dispersi, Castello Comunale di Barolo, Barolo
Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, PS1, New York
Protest/Respect, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen
La Canción del Pirata, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
Art & Economy, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
The Hall of Lost Steps, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul
Trans Sexual Express, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest The Hall of Lost Steps, Borusan Sanat Galerisi, Istambul

Marking the Territory, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
ARS 01 - Unfolding Perspectives, Kiasma, Helsinki
Loop, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, München; PS1, New York
Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen
Aftersun, Cala San Vicente, Mallorca
Complicidades. Aspectos retóricos de la fotografía actual, Centro Nacional de Fotografía José Manuel Rotella, Torrelavega Políticas de la diferencia.
Arte iberoamericano de fin de siglo, Valencia;
Pernambuco, Recife, Brasil; Consell General del Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana; Governo do Estado de Pernambuco, Centro de Convençoes de                       Pernambuco
Pay Attention, Please, Cerdeña
Trans Sexual Express: A Classic for the Third Millennium, Centre d’art Santa Mònica, Barcelona
Comunicación entre las artes, Bienal de Valencia, Valencia
Plateau of Humankind, 49a Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

Pervirtiendo el minimalismo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid Extramuros, La Habana

Novena Muestra Internacional de Performance, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City Puerto Rico 00 (paréntesis en la ciudad), San Juan de Puerto Rico
Leaving the Island, PICAF, Metropolitan Museum of Pusan, Pusan
Documentos, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles
A Shot in a Head, Lisson Gallery, London
Friends and Neighbours, EVA 2000, Limerick

Galería BF 15, FIAC, Paris
Plaza G & T, Ciudad de Guatemala
Representar/Intervenir, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City
México Nuevo, Centre d’arts plastiques de Villefranche-sur-Sâone; Museé de la Vallée de
Barcelonnette Paradas continuas, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City

Made in Mexico - Made in Venezuela, Art Metropol Gallery, Toronto Galería BF 15, VI 
Expoarte Guadalajara, Jalisco
Regina 51, VI Expoarte Guadalajara, Jalisco
Cambio II, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City
Después del cuerpo, Galería 127, Mexico City
Cambio I, Sandra Gehring Gallery, New York