Jurisdiction Shopping by Paolo Cirio Senior Curator: Lanfranco Aceti Associate Curator: Vince Dziekan Curators: Ozden Sahin and Jonathan Munro
“As a general rule, it is taxation that monetarizes the economy; it is taxation that creates money, and it necessarily creates it in motion, in circulation, with turnover, and also in a correspondence with services and goods in the current of that circulation.”
Paolo Cirio’s Jurisdiction Shopping is an exhibition that focuses on the current schizophrenic post-postmodern relationships between state, corporations and citizens. The personification of corporations and their increasingly transnational nature has produced a new set of relationships that have excluded and exempted some people from participation in the shared onus (responsibility) towards the state. At the same time, these privileged few continue operating illegally within the state; living, abusing and corrupting through financial malpractices the very society within which they live.
Cirio’s work democratizes this process of escaping from one’s obligations towards the state by allowing a liberalized and widespread participation in the process of tax evasion – no longer a privilege of the ‘rich few.’
Jurisdiction Shopping offers the viewer the possibility of engaging with a series of artworks that are based on the artist’s experience of attempting to generalize practices of illegality, therefore, presenting the possibility of a world within which exist frameworks for a generalized tax evasion.
This is a period in which social injustice, illegal market and financial behaviors, corporate malfeasance as well as multiple obscure and hidden charges have become a form of private taxation and vexation parallel to the public taxations and vexations of corrupt states. These are phenomena that are contributing to the […]