thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter
 
thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter
jun 15, 2010

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter

n° 5 galerie susanna kulli, zurich june 12th to july 17th, 2010

‘the subjecter’ by thomas hirschhorn

swiss artist thomas hirschhorn’s ‘the subjecter’ reveals a mannequin (acting as a placeholder for the subjectivity of others) standing on a pedestal, tortured by countless nails: ‘I was always interested by surface, by the contact with surface. the impact is always on the surface. the impact has to touch the surface. (…) the mannequins – when I made them – wanted to be the poor contemporary, armoral, non-religious version of somebody or something who endures in place of another, a kind of fetish, which is in african culture an object charged with a supernatural power, either favourable or evil. (…) other references are also possible – in fact – I always try to be precise and at the same to create an opening in my work.’ – thomas hirschhorn

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter detail

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter detail

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter installation view

in juxtoposition to hirschhorn’s ‘the subjecter’ is swiss artist olivier mosset’s ‘wallpaper no. 5’ in which a yellow monochrome floods the wall, once an inviting intervention: ‘I am not interested in the pictures themselves but in what they trigger.‘ – olivier mosset

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter ‘wallpaper no. 5’  by olivier mosset

thomas hirschhorn: the subjecter ‘wallpaper no. 5’  by olivier mosset

thomas hirschhorn was born in bern, switzerland in 1957. he is the recipient of the prix marcel duchamp, 2000 and the joseph beuys-preis in 2004. he currently lives and works in paris.

olivier mosset was born in bern switzerland in 1944. he currently lives and works in tuscon, arizona.

  • Very good! That’s what we do each other without noticing!

    celeste raposo says:
  • Top notch.

    jk says:
  • that’s arthritis. not sexy. not nice.

    auch says:
  • but good art!

    :) says:
  • made me think of the pressure on human being in this age,the state of being non-human, the social pressure, and all those factors coming from out (of our body, out of our space) and making me-you-him hurt…

    tanglai says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,120 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine