The statistic that Mladen Stilinović
cites in his work states: “The three richest men in the world own as much as six hundred million of the poorest people.” Nobody Wants to See takes account of this dreadful numerical fact and sets itself the task of offering a voice—or visibility rather—to the anonymous oppressed by multiplying the number “3” six hundred million times. This makes for six thousand printed sheets. In contrast, there is but one print on the wall, with a small number “3,” operating as stand-in for the world’s richest. As is inherent in Stilinović’s practice, the subject and the method used in the work overlaps with virtuous simplicity as he adopts the strategy of the very regime he puts under scrutiny, much in the way that politics or advertising tend to do. Often in his works obsessive repetition and thoughtful juxtaposition of succinct messages control the delivery of the content he wants to bring forth—related primarily to work, pain, laziness and sleep, food, poverty and repression, power, death, the language of domination, and the ideological signs that condition society.