Adrian Piper

* 1948 in New York, US, lives and works in Berlin

Adrian Piper can be described as a conceptual artist who explores the conventional determinations of rule-based subjectivity and the politics and language of representation. Everything #5.1  is a tombstone-shaped section of wall that has been removed. Covering the resultant cavity, a transparent sheet of plexiglass reads, “Everything Will Be Taken Away.” A pared down adaptation of a line from Alexander Solzhenitsyn—“Once you have taken everything away from a man, he is no longer in your power. He is free.”—the statement is a demonstration of a negative understanding of freedom, the equivalent of having “nothing left to lose.” It is the liberty that results once the weight of signage, markers, and labels is removed.

List of works

Everything #5.1, 2004

Plexiglass wall insert engraved with gold leaf text
Collection Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin
© APRA Foundation Berlin

 

 

Howdy #6 [Second Series], 2015

Ceiling-mounted projection onto a closed door at the end of a darkened hallway
Produced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Collection Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin
© APRA Foundation Berlin