In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate
In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate
In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate In-Between by Thomas Hirschhorn at the South London Gallery. Photography by Andy Keate

Apocalypse now

13 : 08 : 2015 Thomas Hirschhorn : In-Between : Post-apocalypse

London – Artist Thomas Hirschhorn has turned the South London Gallery into a post-apocalyptic ruin for his latest installation.

  • In-Between is inspired by Hirschhorn’s research into the formal composition of ruinous and bomb-damaged locations across the world
  • The artist uses low-grade materials such as cardboard, plastic sheeting and aluminium foil to create his damaged landscapes

On the top floor of the South London Gallery, all hell has broken loose. Toilets, radiators, tables and chairs have been hurled in all directions amid a chaotic scene of dangling debris and rubble. While the carnage appears natural, In-Between examines the oxymoron of creating destruction, an idea based on the work of Italian Marxist theorist and politician Antonio Gramsci.

As with Disaster Playground, another aesthetic exploration of annihilation, Hirschhorn’s work gives form to destruction, transporting visitors to a near-future wasteland in the middle of one of the world’s thriving metropolises.

The Big Picture: The polarity of Western boom and bust cycles is manifesting in dystopian and utopian art worldwide. Find out more in our Chasm Culture microtrend.

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