This essay analyzes the aesthetics and politics of resistance in the work of Chilean artist Francisco Tapia (aka Papas Fritas) who burned $500 million worth of student debt promissory notes and presented them to the student movement as a work of art in May 2014. Analyzing the art of sabotage in the context of global struggles against debt under neoliberalism, this essay argues that Tapia's piece draws our attention to the politics of accounting and accountability in contemporary life while offering an alternative model based on solidarity.
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Issue Section:Special Focus: Emergent Precarities and Lateral Aesthetics