A Public Trust

Paul Ramirez Jonas

“I will set up as a Notary Public and Gold Trader. I will certify any lie into a truth. I will write the lie down and ask people to swear that the contents of the affidavit subscribed by them are correct and true..”

Paul Ramirez Jonas made the United States debut of his a public installation “A Public Trust,” wherein he, acting as a notary public, offered to officially notarize any lie into a truth. In exchange for a newly notarized truth, visitors were asked to give some information and for payment in gold, which Ramirez Jonas facilitated by having a gold plating kit handy to transform standard metal coins.


Paul Ramírez Jonas‘ selected solo exhibitions include Exploratorium, San Francisco, California; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, BrazilThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); Alexander Gray Gallery (NYC); Roger Björkholmen (Sweden); Galeria Nara Roesler (Brazil); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). He has been included in group exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NYC); MoMA PS1 (NYC); The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zürich(Switzerland). He has participated in the Johannesburg Biennale; the Seoul Biennial, the Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; the 53rd Venice Biennial and the 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2010 his Key to the City project was presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York.