Thomas Hirschhorn, ‘Every Wound Is My Wound ! Every Wound Is My Wound ! (III Vera)’, 2006, LAXART: Benefit Auction 2017

Unframed.

However wary of being a Swiss national, Hirschhorn is proof that Dada lives. His exuberance is of the rude variety, which is as it should be when one is trying to critique capitalism in the dual guises of war and porn. A declaration of radical empathy, Every Wound is My Wound is a series of several collages prominently featuring rashes of bullet-hole decals. Although abrasive, Hirschhorn’s collages are no more or less violent than the media itself. Courtesy of the artist.

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About Thomas Hirschhorn

Using his signature materials of plywood, cardboard, aluminum foil, packing tape, and copious photocopies, Thomas Hirschhorn makes installations that advance pointed critiques of the global military-industrial complex. Hirschhorn’s works overflow with imagery and text, created with a deliberately slap-dash DIY aesthetic and often incorporating the writings of such Leftist philosophers as Antonio Gramsci and Georges Bataille. The over-abundance of ideas and images in Hirschhorn’s installations mimics the media saturation of contemporary life and highlights the desensitization that consumers experience as a result. For Laundrette (2001), the artist transformed the gallery space into a facsimile of a typical Laundromat, complete with drab linoleum floor, garbage bins, and chained up plastic chairs, juxtaposed with the phrases from Marxist writings adorning the walls.

Swiss, b. 1957, Bern, Switzerland, based in Paris, France