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swiss artist thomas hirschhorn’s ‘the subjecter’ reveals a mannequin (acting as a placeholder for the subjectivity of others) standing on a pedestal, tortured by countless nails: ‘I was always interested by surface, by the contact with surface. the impact is always on the surface. the impact has to touch the surface. (…) the mannequins – when I made them – wanted to be the poor contemporary, armoral, non-religious version of somebody or something who endures in place of another, a kind of fetish, which is in african culture an object charged with a supernatural power, either favourable or evil. (…) other references are also possible – in fact – I always try to be precise and at the same to create an opening in my work.’

Ralf

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