Operations on Places

Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk 8.11.2018 - 5.1.2019

Arutiun Sargsyan's performance took place at Teatralny Square in Lublin. Blindfolded, dressed in a black suit with rolled up sleeves, and barefooted (his shoes arranged parallel to his chair), the artist sat motionless and silent in the middle of the square. Crowds of people rushed around him and cars passed by, but all seemed to ignore him. The title of the performance alludes to the tragic events of that year, 2016—the terrorist attacks and massive migration. The hashtag in the title refers to virtual reality and mass media, while the Roman numerals symbolize power. The artist tries to resist the system, but all he can do is expose his weakness and helplessness.


Arutiun Sargsyan, #MMXVI, 2016, Location: Teatralny Square, Lublin, Video, 4:30 min