b. 1966 in New York, where he lives and works
For the 2013 Biennial Tom Sachs is looking into the links between slavery and the totalitarianism of a human body perfected to the point of disembodiment. Contemporary images, masterly engineering and vernacular inventiveness: the Sachs oeuvre is just as at home with space exploration, McDonald’s, Hello Kitty and Prada. This artist views America's culture and icons through a sarcastic filter that simultaneously lays bare their production techniques and the different paths they open up from excellence to alienation. Sachs's multiple narratives form a textual bricolage, convolutedly realistic stories from the far reaches of the world and geopolitics which berth like a three-master on the shores of history and tales of the utterly indescribable.