22 septembre - 16 décembre 2011
La Douane / Galerie Chantal Crousel is pleased to announce the exhibition of Thomas Hirschhorn, “Equality Float”.
The eponymous work represents a carnival float measuring 21 metres long by 6 meters wide. Produced for and presented at MACRO, Vigo in 2008, the work is exhibited here for the first time in France. “Equality Float” is an allegory of the community, highlighting both its ills and their remedies; a reflection on the notions of equality / inequality. It is a theme that the artist explores through the interaction of opposites, of political and philosophical essays (Spinoza, Deleuze, Bataille, Gramsci).
The work is paired with a text of the German philosopher Marcus Steinweg, with whom Thomas Hirschhorn has worked during the past ten years, specially commissioned to be included in the work.
During the exhibition, a comprehensive librabry composed of the bibliography of the work, preparatory drawings and other methodological notes is available for consultation to the visitors.
Thomas Hirschhorn is representing Switzerland at the 54th Venice Biennale