Talking Heads with Thomas Hirschhorn

Monday 1 December 2014

Thomas Hirschhorn, artistIntroductory remarks by Véronique Bacchetta, Director of the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva
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For almost a quarter of a century, Thomas Hirschhorn has continued to create situations in which the question of the boundary – between the artist, the work and its audience, its context, the city and the media – is the focus of sustained critical reflection. His oeuvre combines a consistent economy of means with the organic development of political, sculptural and graphic work in the form of chaotic environments and precarious structures driven by a programme of encounters and actions. The presence of the artist reinforces one of his avowed aims: to create pathways between museum and gallery visitors, the individuals concerned and committed intellectuals.

Born in Bern in 1957, Thomas Hirschhorn studied at the Schule für Gestaltung (School of Fine Arts) in Zurich and moved to Paris in 1984, where he still lives. His work has been presented in many international exhibitions, including Documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002, the Swiss Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2011 and Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg in 2014.

A selection of his writings, Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn, was published by MIT Press / October Books in 2013.

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Thomas Hirschhorn at "Flamme éternelle", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014
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Talking Heads with Thomas Hirschhorn
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