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Thomas Hirschhorn | Switzerland

High Subjecter, 2010

Mannequin, dress, paper print, brown tape, transparent tape, wood
480x480x335 cm

Courtesy of Arndt, Berlin

In Swiss-born artist Thomas Hirschhorn’s many works, the collages made out of found objects and ready made objects stick out. His works deal with the feeling of alienation in Western society and with the obsession with consumption that sets our world in motion and generates overproduction. High Subjecter is the title the artist chose for the work displayed in the exhibition and it is also the global term used to explain the components of the work.

According to the artist, "The mannequin (or the parts of mannequins) is not the Subject—it’s a Subjecter. The Subjecter is an invention of mine—it stands for what I cannot give a name but for what I can give form (and must give form, as the artist), and I worked it out with the form of mannequins, which is not new in the history of art, but which is a form to express the ‘closest-far-away of myself.’"

Lately, Hirschhorn has been using these mannequins and their parts as fragments that converge and threaten to diverge interchangeable. They are "inclusive and non-intimidating, unpretentious and democratic,non-hierarchical and simple," he adds, just like the masking tape, aluminum foil, and magazines he uses in his challenging installations.

In this work, Hirschhorn refers to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. The artist covers the mannequin’s dress with a collage of images taken from the media reports in the days to follow the attacks. Placed alongside each other, the images create architecture of shapes that make up the fragile building towering in the sky.