The Spanish conceptual artist Santiago Sierra is known for his radical and controversial works, which are very critical of society. Through Black Posters, an action taken since 2008 in different cities, he opposes, through the massive collage of black posters, a striking counterpoint to the omnipresent advertising messages in the public space. This negation of the message cause reactions that are conducive to debate.
Bien Urbain 8
1 month: From 8th june to 8th july 2018
Site: Hôp Hop Hop (Besançon, FR)
Associate artist: Brad Downey (US)
16 guest artists : Christian Eisenberger (AUT), Julien Fargetton (FR), John Fekner (US), Somaticae (FR), Olivier Grossetête (FR), Deana Kolenčiková (CZ), Cie La Méandre (FR), Jérôme Fino (FR), Igor Ponosov (RU), Yevgen Samborsky (UKR), Santiago Sierra (ES), Helmut Smits (NL), Brad Troemel (US), Vladimir Turner (CZ), Jazoo Yang (KOR), Brad Downey (US)
Born in 1966 in Madrid, Santiago Sierra is known for his very strong and deeply politically incorrect actions: his radical works offer a reading of the geopolitical context. His art brutally poses the question of relations of domination (through work, money, politics) through performances, installations, photographs or videos. It tackles head on the issues of discrimination and exploitation of human labor power in the capitalist system. Reproducing relationships of domination that are often overlooked, he sometimes takes on the role of an artist-in-charge who offers vain or degrading work to employees whose sole motivation is to receive a salary.
Brad Downey, Lucas Hihn