Presented by Kunsthal Aarhus
Swiss artist, Thomas Hirschhorn, is internationally acclaimed for his installations, collages and social happenings in public spaces. Hirschhorn is concerned with politics and culture, and there is always a strong political message embedded in his works. He uses common materials such as cardboard, foil, duct tape, recycled cans and plastic wrap. At Kunsthal Aarhus, Hirschhorn will present a new series of Pixel-Collages.
In these works the artist integrates the growing phenomenon of facelessness in pictures reproduced in the media. 'Pixelation' has become increasingly used in today’s newspapers and magazines to mask identity and sexuality as a form of censorship and sometimes to mask the horror of damaged and destroyed bodies in the aftermath of war and terror.
Hirschhorn appropriates these images and enlarges them up to the scale of advertising billboards. In many of these, the horrific is left uncovered and only portions of the collage with fashion images are pixelated. Hirschhorn wants to use pixels as an instrument to link the unspeakable with an abstract version of present realities, and link the hidden with the known.
20. January - 19. March