If you want to get a sense of what the end of the world might look like, then you should definitely check out artist Thomas Hirschhorn's first major solo show in London in many years, entitled In-Between at the South London Gallery.
What some describe as a post-apocalyptic world following the implosion of global capitalism, this huge installation completely takes over some of the gallery space, and is supposedly based on the quote by Italian Marxist theorist and politician, Antonio Gramsci: "Destruction is difficult. It is as difficult as creation."
In his explanation of In-Between, Hirschhorn said: "The aesthetic of In-Between borrows from pictures of destruction-destruction by violence, by war, by accident, by nature, by structural failures, by corruption, by fatality. I want to establish a body of work which encompasses Antonio Gramsci's quote. Without being anecdotic or literal, I can testify that to set-up a work in an exhibition space which gives form to destruction is indeed as difficult as anything else. With In-Between I want to create a new form, I want to propose an experience, an art-experience in the range of 'successes’, failures and in-betweens.”
Having emerged as an artist in the 1990s, Hirschhorn is internationally regarded as being one of the most important artists of his generation. Using low-grade materials – cardboard, plastic sheeting, packing tape, aluminium foil – variously combined with newspaper and magazine cuttings, mannequins, furniture and a wide range of other miscellany, together with references to radical theorists such as Gilles Deleuze and George Bataille, he has established an expansive but distinctive visual language with which he creates extraordinary, provocative artworks imbued with political content.
It's your last chance to see the show at South London Gallery, so make sure you pop along before Sunday 13th September 2015. And check out the video below where Hirschhorn further explains his creative thinking behind the project.
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