Mario Canal: Ruben Santiago at Passage Souterrain.

Dear Diane, dear shaded viewers,

Today, opening at the Passage Souterrain_Guerrilla Gallery.
Presenting “ID”, criminal Project by spanish artist Ruben Santiago.

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And now, a small explanation on the project:
For the past years, Ruben santiago has been collecting passports, identity documents and credit cards from robberies carried out by burglars in the streets of Barcelona.
Between the years 2000 and 2003, robberies to tourists happened to a constant rhythm in the historic center of the city, where I lived.
The narrow, labyrinthine and badly lit streets of this zone created an ideal set for the fast flight of the assailants and offered innumerable points where to quickly empty the content of the stolen bags, get the cash and abandon the remainders.
For his project in the Passage Souterrain, 25 of these documents have travel to Paris camouflaged under the appearance of artistic objects.
To accomplish this, they have been framed as art-works, signed and numbered by the author.
They have been transported by a company specialized in shipment of works of art, being adjusted to all the usual bureaucratic requirements. By doing so, the artistic system becomes a screen to conceal the crime, for the possession of this material is a criminal activity by itself, and therefore, a punishable situation.
It is a crime, on the other hand, held against “the State”, since the documents do not belong to the individuals, but to the states of which they are citizens.
Once in Paris, the documents will be despoiled of their “artistic camouflage”, installed in the walls of the Passage Souterrain.
Becoming available material for anyone who may wish to take them, they recover their criminal origin.


Mario Canal

Arts writer and art curator. Spaniard from Madrid with Parisian accent. Used to steal my sister's magazines but fashion is elsewhere now. It's something else. Trying to figure this out while putting new creative projects together.