Santiago Sierra160 cm Line Tattooed on 4 People El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo. Salamanca, Spain. December 2000 2000

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Artist
Santiago Sierra (born 1966)
Title
160 cm Line Tattooed on 4 People El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo. Salamanca, Spain. December 2000
Línea de 160 cm tatuada sobre 4 personas El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo. Salamanca, España. Diciembre de 2000
Date 2000
MediumVideo, projection or monitor, colour, and sound
Dimensionsduration: 63 min overall display dimensions variable
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Acquisition Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 2004
Reference
T11852

Summary

160 cm Line Tattooed on 4 People ... is a video documenting an action that took place at El Gallo Arte Contemporáneo in Salamanca, Spain in December 2000. The artist’s text explains: ‘Four prosititutes addicted to heroin were hired for the price of a shot of heroin to give their consent to be tattooed. Normally they charge 2,000 or 3,000 pesetas, between 15 and 17 dollars, for fellatio, while the price of a shot of heroin is around 12,000 pesetas, about 67 dollars.’ (Quoted from the artist’s text accompanying the video.) The single-channel colour video constitutes an informal record of the event in which the four participating women allow their backs to be used for the tattoo… (read more)

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