Santiago Sierra

NO, 2009

Temperance Street

Santiago Sierra's works characteristically address structures of power in art and society. With NO, a piece that was left undescribed until its unveiling the night of Nuit Blanche, the artist expressed an emphatic but open-ended statement. The oversized, three-dimensional exclamation rested upon a flatbed truck and offered itself as a catalyst for any form of refusal and political dissent. Toronto and its hyper-developed financial district was the first stop as the sculpture embarked on a North American tour to artworld venues in New York and Washington, including scheduled detours through dilapidated urban zones reflecting the hardships wrought by deindustrialization, outsourcing and real estate foreclosures. The work's travels are being documented by the artist's team of cinematographers in the manner of a rock tour.