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Santiago Sierra: Impenetrable Structure
14 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017|
In this exhibition Spanish artist Santiago Sierra presents a large scale, site-specific piece addressing the hierarchies of power and class that operate in our modern society and everyday existence.
Known for his politically and socially charged work, Sierra is been influenced by the formal language of the Minimal and Conceptual art movements of the 1960s and ’70s, when he began making geometrical structures using industrial materials to comment on ideas of physical displacement and restricted access, particularly those posed by the borders of nation-states, temporary settlements and military bases.
His latest work, shown for the first time as part of ‘Hierarchies of Power and Class’, continues these themes and once again incorporates industrial materials found in defence technology to create an impenetrable structure made of military razor wire.
Santiago Sierra was born in Madrid in 1966, where he lives and works. He studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and at the HFBK in Hamburg between 1989 and 1991, as well as at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City between 1995 and 1997.