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08.10.20—19:00    KASK lecture Thomas Hirschhorn MIRY Concert Hall lecture

Thomas Hirschhorn will give a lecture on his "Chat-Posters", a brand new work based on the idea of the French philosopher Simone Weil, which he will show this year at BIP2020, the photo-biennale of Liège. Hirschhorn is one of the leading artists in the international contemporary art world. Hirschhorn is trained as a graphic artist, but is best known for his room filling installations - or 3D collages as the artist calls them. In his critical works art criticism and social themes go hand in hand. The meaning of an image is not assumed 'gratuitously', but questioned on the basis of the image and the context in which it is shown. Hirschhorn easily swapped the most important international art institutions for non-artistic locations on the periphery of social events.

It is not the first time that Hirschhorn emphasizes the relationship, or friendship, between art and philosophy. He did this in several of his texts, and in his visual work in the famous 'monument series'. Temporary pavilions made with cheap disposable material. In the documenta in Kassel he ran the monument annex café, radio station and library together with the local residents of a multicultural neighbourhood for months. The residents and the artist even published a daily newspaper. These monuments became places for discussion and provided space for lectures by philosophers. The philosophers Bataille, Spinoza, Gramsci and Deleuze, already had their own monument in the past. In addition to installations, Hirschhorn makes photographs, drawings, videos and writes texts. In the beautiful Miry concert hall, in the heart of Ghent, this is a unique opportunity to hear the artist talk about his latest work, which will be presented to the public for the first time in BIP2020.

The lecture is free, but reservation is required. The lecture will be documented on video, for those who cannot join due to the limited capacity.

  • KASK lectures in co-operation with Biennale de l'Image Possible / BIP2020 Liège
  • Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000 Gent, free, reservation required
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Thomas Hirschhorn, Vues de l’exposition «Eternal Ruins», Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, 2020 Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Photo Martin Argyrolglo

Thomas Hirschhorn, Vues de l’exposition «Eternal Ruins», Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, 2020 Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Photo Martin Argyrolglo