Santiago Sierra, Door Plate

Santiago Sierra (Spanish, b. 1966)

Door Plate, 2006

Medium: Cast aluminium relief sign with black enamel paint

Dimensions: 59 x 69 x 2 cm

Edition of 15: Hand signed and numbered on accompanying label on the reverse

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Santiago Sierra’s Door Plate addresses the concept of “restricted access”, the focus of the artist’s exhibition at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Sierra sparked controversy by bricking up the entrance to the Spanish Pavilion, enabling access only through a rear entrance, and only to the holders of a Spanish passport.

Santiago Sierra is a provocative and internationally renowned contemporary artist from Spain, known for his politically charged and socially critical works that challenge established norms and provoke discussion. Born in 1966 in Madrid, Sierra’s art transcends traditional boundaries and has sparked controversy and debate on issues ranging from labor exploitation to identity politics. One of Santiago Sierra‘s recurring themes is the exploration of power dynamics and socio-economic inequalities. He often employs unconventional and confrontational methods in his art, such as paying workers to perform monotonous and often degrading tasks, highlighting the stark realities of exploitation in the global workforce. His work, 250 cm Line Tattooed on 6 Paid People (1999), for instance, involved six people who agreed to have a straight line tattooed across their backs in exchange for payment, illustrating the extent to which people may endure hardship for financial gain. Santiago Sierra‘s art is not only confrontational but also deeply thought-provoking. It raises questions about privilege, control, and the impact of systems of authority on individuals. His installations, sculptures, and performances have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide, earning him recognition and criticism in equal measure.

Santiago Sierra, Door Plate




Political Art, Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Text-based Art

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