Limerick, Ireland
Santiago Sierra, Obstructed Streets with Diverse Elements, performance outside Limerick City Gallery of art

Santiago Sierra

b. 1966, Spain

This piece ties in with another aspect of my work: a series of interventions in which I seek out a worker at the moment s/he is being sold as part of a workforce, relating that worker’s specific situation to similar situations of abduction and torture.

Person Paid to Stay in a Car Boot was staged during the inauguration of EV+A in front of the main venue. A vehicle was parked in the gallery doorway and someone hired for IR£30 (about $40) and placed in its boot. This work poses an extreme situation which quashes the mythologies of the benefits of work, here construed in minimal fashion as merely hiring a body. The work entails a worker assigning his or her body to the interests of the other contractual party.

(Text: friends + neighbours catalogue, 2000)

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