Video: The black and white world of Thomas Hirschhorn
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
Renowned contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn recently presented an exhibition in Cape Town as part of the FOREX project. The gloomy installation demonstrates the author's vision of the current situation in the world.
"Black & White Hemisphere" was created by Thomas for the exhibition "German Angst", in which filmmakers, writers and artists expressed their response to the "normalization" of German history after the unification in the early 1990s. The parallels with the history of South Africa, which experienced its own "reunion" in 1994, are clear, and since the work focuses on inequality and oppression among people outside the context of any specific historical events, the choice of Cape Town as a place to show the work looks very symbolic.
The manikins' hands on the platform are holding two parts of the ball, black and white. A cut between the hemispheres shows the networks of arteries that penetrate the ball and go into the brain, symbolizing the interconnections in the ecosystem of the Earth in general, and humanity in particular. Around the ball, on the walls of the platform, there are four main slogans, and in the corners there are four pillars wrapped in sheep skins, and all this together resembles a boxing ring, giving the whole work the appearance of a conflict zone. The platform is "decorated" with manikin torsos, brains, toys and guts. The "paradox of abundance" in the text around sculpture refers to the well-known observation that the richest in natural resources areas remain the least developed, as exemplified by Africa.
The FOREX project is aimed at the mutual integration of the culture of South Africa and the rest of the world; exhibitions and installations are constantly held within its framework. "Black & White Hemisphere" is the fourth of the planned six so far.
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