The Art Auction as Tool, 2011-2013

Die Kunst A(u)ktion als Werkzeug
Jan 2012

The first art a(u)ction at the Academy of Fine Arts organized by a group of artists, activists, students, workers, migrants with the purpose to collect money to fight Austria racist laws and administrative regulations against those coming to study from countries outside of the European Union. / Main Aula of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Schillerplatz.

In 2011 a change in migration laws demanded that people from third countries living in Austria had to proof they counted minimum with 8,000 euros in their bank accounts in the two months prior before they asked for the extension of their visa. We organized a massive art a(u)ction, and addressed renowned artists to denounce the persecution of migrants. In our performance we filled immigration papers one after another. Every time an artwork got sold, the bureaucratic machine activated allowing us to plant a collective stamp on the papers we were filling. As the collected amount rose we revealed the sentence: "If law becomes violence, resistance becomes an obligation". In the final speech of the spectacle we pointed to the absence of an institutionalized response by the academy and we questioned the role of art in the current political circumstances. The collected money went to set up a fund that dedicated to deal with these administrative measures.

Your comfort is my silence 
Jan 2013

In the spectacle of the art a(u)ction 'Your Comfort is My Silence', the auctioneer is taken over by a sickness that makes her incapable to restrain herself. This condition spreads onto a group speech on the sans papiers, the refugee and asylum seekers movement and lasts all night as the auctioneer alternatively sells artworks and lashes out racism in Austria. 2013, Performance and art a(u)ction with Grace Latigo, Marissa Lobo, Miltiadis Gerothanasis, and Njideka Stephanie Iroh.