Thomas Hirschhorn: Community of Fragments

Thomas Hirschhorn: Community of Fragments

2 March - 11 April 2021
GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Overview

"On one hand, the world has truly fallen apart, one can regret and see it as a loss. On the other [...] one can consider a fragment as a whole and see its beauty. To understand this fragmentation is more senseful than a supposedly 'overall' understanding or belief in living in a safe and peaceful world." – Thomas Hirschhorn 

'Community of Fragments' is an extensive site-specific presentation by Thomas Hirschhorn, which transformed the galleries of GL Strand, Copenhagen in March 2021. Bound up in an assemblage of modest materials such as cardboard and packing tape, the project forms a labyrinth of cave-like passageways and enclosed spaces. Co-opting collage as a method of reinterpretation and critique, Hirschhorn incorporates a diverse array of visual stimuli, including 'primitive' handprints and textual references to French philosopher Simone Weil (1909–1943). Within this erratic landscape, visitors are invited to engage in community-led workshops and use the materials provided to rebuild the space with their own ideas. Anne Kielgast (Chief Curator, GL Strand) explains, 'Over the past year we have all worked with and around the many restrictions and constraints imposed by the pandemic and we are convinced that this exhibition will bring people together to explore, question, collaboration and simply meet in the context of art, providing a unique physical space for meetings and encounters,...

'Community of Fragments' is an extensive site-specific presentation by Thomas Hirschhorn, which transformed the galleries of GL Strand, Copenhagen in March 2021.

Bound up in an assemblage of modest materials such as cardboard and packing tape, the project forms a labyrinth of cave-like passageways and enclosed spaces. Co-opting collage as a method of reinterpretation and critique, Hirschhorn incorporates a diverse array of visual stimuli, including 'primitive' handprints and textual references to French philosopher Simone Weil (1909–1943). Within this erratic landscape, visitors are invited to engage in community-led workshops and use the materials provided to rebuild the space with their own ideas.

Anne Kielgast (Chief Curator, GL Strand) explains, "Over the past year we have all worked with and around the many restrictions and constraints imposed by the pandemic and we are convinced that this exhibition will bring people together to explore, question, collaboration and simply meet in the context of art, providing a unique physical space for meetings and encounters, exchanges of knowledge and debates." 

Included in the exhibition is a free publication which the artist describes as an 'extension' of the exhibition. Printed in the form of a newspaper, the publication pays tribute to Simone Weil and her radical philosophy which Hirschhorn describes as building "in its fragmentaton, a community." Scroll down to read. 

"On one hand, the world has truly fallen apart, one can regret and see it as a loss. On the other [...] one can consider a fragment as a whole and see its beauty. To understand this fragmentation is more senseful than a supposedly 'overall' understanding or belief in living in a safe and peaceful world." – Thomas Hirschhorn 

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GL Strand
Gammel Strand
481202 København, Denmark  

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GL Strand is temporarily closed due to Covid-19

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