Santiago Sierra (born 1966 in Madrid) is a Spanish conceptual artist, whose provocative installations evoke vitriol and enthusiasm in equal amounts. In his controversial projects he encourages laborers to perform useless tasks in white cube settings, such as masturbate in public, crouch in cardboard boxes, get tattoos, get their hair dyed blonde, or carry heavy materials. He aims at unmasking the power relations under which laborers… Read more
About the artwork
A famous and polemic artist, in Europe Santiago Sierra presents 2 ironic and incisive sound recordings about Europe and its future as a hypothetical commonwealth. On the A-side of the Europe LP are continuously the national anthems of the 27 member states of the European Union played together; on the B-side the anthem of the European Union is played continuously in reverse. The original belligerence and pageantry make room for nonsense and cacophony, which can be interpreted as a metaphor for the type of impasse in which the European Union is found.