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La Visita

La Visita, 2006 - Santiago Sierra

about this work

La Visita (2005) refers to the eponymous video work that Santiago Sierra completed in 2005 for GAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen. In this video Sierra documents the visit of a man who has been trying to earn his living with various services on the street in an affluent neighbourhood of Mexico City, for almost twenty years. With the rough aesthetics of a black and white handheld camera, Sierra filmed without adding comments.

The edition is a typical black & white video still by Sierra. La Visita was published by GAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen on the occasion of the group exhibition A Lucky Strike. Kunst findet Stadt in 2005.

about Santiago Sierra

Revisiting certain strategies characterising the Minimalism, Conceptual and Performance Art of the seventies, Santiago Sierra's oeuvre attempts to investigate the value of human life in a capitalist society. In doing so, Sierra is not repeating reality, but rather creating situations that expose the mechanisms of capitalism, thus drastically criticizing this ideology. Recently, Sierra's work has also focused on institutional critique, questioning the system of exhibiting art.

Santiago Sierra has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and MoMA PS1, New York. His work has also been shown in several major group exhibitions at venues such Tate Modern, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts. He also represented Spain at the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003 and participated at the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013 and the 2nd Moscow Biennial in 2007.

His work is represented in many important international public and private collections, such as CAC, Malága; Sammlung Falkenberg, Hamburg; and Tate Collection, London.

Santiago Sierra is represented by the following galleries; 
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Lisson Gallery, London / Milan / New York 

Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid 

Prometeogallery, Milan / Lucca 

LABOR, Mexico City 

Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne 

team gallery, New York 

You can also find more works by Santiago Sierra on his own website.

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