Tell/Sell, a Common Story

The event takes the form of a classic art auction. During this extraordinary evening, the guests will be able to buy fragments of a novel written by Sarah van Lamsweerde. The story, inspired by the Bunkier Sztuki Collection Book, consists of 102 words, auctioned alphabetically, in 33 parts, word by word, or in some cases – as a series. Bidders are limited to purchasing 10 words maximum in order to prevent majority ownership of shares of the story. After the auction is finished, the buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity of the purchased word, with a number indicating at its chronological position within the story.

Tell/Sell, a Common Story is another part of the performative project by Sarah van Lamsweerde, presented during the exhibition Father, can’t you see I’m burning at Amsterdam’s de Appel Arts Centre (2014), among other places.

About the Artist:

Sarah van Lamsweerde is an artist working within spaces of contemporary theatre and visual arts. She explores the phenomenon of language in the context of mass media use. Her works were completed and presented in collaboration with numerous institutions in several countries, e.g. Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), Onomatopee Projects (Eindhoven), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), STUK (Leuven), Performatik (Brussels), 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial (Yekaterinburg), Dampfzentrale (Bern). She lives and works in Brussels and Amsterdam.


Sponsor of the exhibition: Krakchemia S.A.

Partner: Onomatopee, Eindhoven


Photo: Studio FilmLOVE