In the hypercomplex world of today, with its unresolved history, we must remember and insist on the simplest, most primitive, most human law: ‘You should not kill!’
Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland, 1957) has created more than seventy works in public spaces, questioning the autonomy, authorship, and resistance of a work of art, and asserting the power of art to touch and transform the other. “I want to use art as a tool to establish a contact with the Other — this is a necessity — and I am convinced that the only possible contact with the Other happens ‘One to One’, as equals,” he wrote. Through his experience of working in public space, Hirschhorn has developed his own guidelines of ‘Presence and Production’ by being present and producing on location during the full course of his projects. “To be ‘present’ and to ‘produce’ means to make a physical statement, here and now. I believe that only through presence — my presence — and only through production — my production — can my work have an impact in public space or at a public location.” Hirschhorn has dedicated works to philosophers, writers, and artists he loves, in the form of large-scale sculpture works such as altars, kiosks, monuments, maps, and collages.