“Santiago Sierra. Banana company illuminated by diesel generator, Obstruction of a line of containers by a person and previous works.”

Published by Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, 2009.
Richly illustrated in black and white.
Presented in a box, 66 pages, saddle stitched.
Language: Swedish and English
Graphic design: Matilda Plöjel
Price: 180 SEK
ISBN 978-91-976646-5-3

Curator Elisabeth Millqvist tells us: The artist expressed his wish “I want the catalog to be about what you see outside your window.” The statement can be seen as a metaphor for Sierra’s artistry but has also influenced the content.

The publication contains two texts. Elisabeth Millqvist deals in particular with the two new works “OBSTRUCTION OF A LINE OF CONTAINERS BY A PERSON” that was enacted on the opening night and is documentated on video in the exhibition, and “BANANA COMPANY ILLUMINATED BY DIESEL GENERATOR”. Sierra’s artistry is introduced with the starting point in these two works and previous works related to trade, trucks, and transport which are central to the port area where Magasin 3 is located. In Lisa Rosendahl’s text burning cars, violent crashes and glossy lacquer form the basis for art historical connections. She writes about motor vehicles as a recurring feature in Sierra’s artistic vocabulary. Rosendahl is the director of the Baltic Art Center, Gotland, Sweden.

Extract from the text
Sierra does not present an individual story; he does not formulate anything for us, and sometimes there is nothing to see. We fill in whatever is not described, because we know, or ought to know. While media surveys say that news interest diminishes with geographic distance, Sierra reduces this distance between ourselves and what we see and makes it urgently pressing. (Elisabeth Millqvist)

…the same year as John F Kennedy was shot in the back seat of his dark blue Lincoln Continental, a steady stream of perfectly polished passenger cars crashed headlong into Andy Warhol’s series of screen prints Death in America, effectively signalling the beginning of the end of the American Dream. It is interesting from several aspects to compare Warhol with Sierra: both artists deal, in different ways, with mass production and meaninglessness, with death in relation to capital, and with the contrast in everyday life between the inconspicuously trivial and the exceptionally violent. (Lisa Rosendahl)