Author(s): Thomas Hirschhorn
Bringing together 15 Maps realized between 2003 and 2016 by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn (born 1957), this book focuses on this particular aspect of his practice that could be seen as a matrix to understand his unique position within the art world and visual culture. As he explains: “With my Maps, I want to make clear I have a goal, that I am also a maker, and not only a thinker.” Edited by Julie Enckell Julliard, the publication reproduces each Map in detail, showing their combination of printed matter, text fragments, artist's comments and collaged press images. Acting as an archive of projects, Hirschhorn's Maps are simultaneously tools to clarify his thinking, memorials to inspirational figures, manifestos about topics such as “Friendship Bewtween Art and Philosophy,” as well as a way to resist. Published all together, they provide a remarkable insight into the uncompromising art Hirschhorn has been building consistently for 30 years.