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Thomas Hirschhorn

Galerie Susanna Kulli

There are moments of sheer horror when language fails us and images are wordlessly burned into our memory. Again and again, Thomas Hirschhorn has incorporated images like these in his installations, creating contexts that allow them to speak. In his most recent work, the series “Ur-Collagen” (Ur-Collages), 2008, he returns to the most basic form of the collage as a constellation of two images. In each of the works, he covers part of a two-page spread from a fashion magazine with a picture from the Internet showing charred and tattered human bodies or remnants of corpses left lying in the street. Scenes the mainstream news media are likely to refrain from publishing are here combined with the elegantly posed, beautifully lit limbs of models showing off accessories. The downloaded images conceal any text in the fashion spread, so that the two visions of bodies communicate wordlessly via

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