Zach Trebino

t h e  p a i n s 
o f  c a p i t a l i s m

is a participatory public performance.

i stand in a public space with a cardboard sign reading “pay me to hurt me”. the sign lists various body parts with prices (limbs - $5, chest - $10, abdomen $15, head - $20) and various actions and their prices (slap - $5, punch - $20, kick - $30) to help inform participants’ decisions.

in each instance, i continued the performance for a full 8 hour work day, unless i was removed by the police.

it was performed between may 2015 and may 2017 in Baltimore, MD; Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA.

barbara kruger, i shop therefore i am, 1990

i deliberately never documented the performance, though i am confident that footage taken by bystanders exists and can be found with some internet sleuthing.

Zach Trebino

Philadelphia, PA --> Los Angeles, CA