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Zach Trebino

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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 commercial corridors 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 or too injured to continue.

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