Santiago Sierra

The Destroyed Word

14 Sept - 10 Nov 2013

exhibition within the framework of Incubate Festival 

Santiago Sierra’s work revolves around the dismantling of structures that form national, political and economic systems, by the very people who are affected by those systems. He gives the underprivileged of the world the opportunity to empower themselves symbolically. Sierra has been known to hire workers to complete often pointless and/or unpleasant tasks in the name of his art, like paying a museum guard to spend 15 days behind a brick wall. 

Sierra’s project ‘The Destroyed Word’ is about the friction between creation and destruction. Since 2010, Sierra’s project has traversed the world, commissioning the construction of giant letters from materials of local importance, and then publicly – and dramatically – destroying them. In 2012, one of the instalments of this estafette-artwork was part of the Incubate Festival in Tilburg. As a part of the word ‘kapitalism’, a 3,5 meter high character S was created, entirely made of fruit and vegetables, ready to be eaten by pigs. A clear nod to the massive pig-farming industry that can be found in the province of Noord-Brabant.

Each dramatic obliteration of the ten letters has been captured on film and will shown in De Pont’s exhibition The Destroyed Word

Visitors of the Incubate festival get free entrance to the museum from 16 to 22 September 2013.