Mono.Kultur is a quarterly interview magazine that explores art and culture in a wider sense. Each issue features an in-depth interview with one creative, with the theme, imagery and layout reflecting the interviewee. Exciting, unpredictable and a great representation of how to creatively push the medium of a zine.
Sierra’s remunerated actions are intentionally humiliating, offensive, and arguably immoral, pushing the worlds of art and privilege face first into a nightmarish and desperate reality of the less fortunate. They pose daunting questions about our society from the vantage point of the disadvantaged, where these questions are not merely theoretical, but fundamentally existential. Exploitation is their mortar, despair is their bottom line.
One might disagree with Sierra’s political views, or be uncomfortable with the anger and harshness of his pieces. However, they certainly do not allow their audience to remain indifferent. Being confronted with Santiago Sierra’s art means being implicated – it comes with conflicting feelings, a sense of shame, and a bad conscience. It is one thing to view an exhibition about questionable circumstances elsewhere, easy to consume and forget; it is another thing entirely to have these questionable circumstances dragged into a gallery, played out before us, and dumped right at our feet.