Thomas Hirschhorn: “Touching Reality”

La Biennale de Montréal, the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series and the Faculty of Arts at UQÀM present:

Thomas Hirschhorn
Touching Reality


In this eight-point lecture, I will try to clarify why it’s important – today – to look at images of mutilated human bodies like those I have used and incorporated in Touching Reality (2012) and other works such as Easycollage (2014), Collage-Truth (2012) or Ur-Collage (2008). This entails: 1. Origin; 2. Redundancy; 3. Invisibility; 4. “Tendency to iconism”; 5. Reduction to facts; 6. Victim syndrome; 7. Irrelevance of Quality; 8. Detachment through “hypersensitivity”.
–Thomas Hirschhorn, 2014


Thomas Hirschhorn


Friday, November 21


7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Pavillon Judith-Jasmin
Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie, local J-M400
405, Sainte-Catherine East, Montréal


Free admission with BNLMTL 2014 Passport

Free admission with Future Summit ticket

Vidéo (french)

Thomas Hirschhorn parle de la rencontre du sensible et de l’insoutenable destruction des corps dans un entretien avec Hugo Vitrani

Credit: Alexander Bikbov
Thomas Hirschhorn, Touching Reality, 2012, video, silent, 4:45 minutes; exhibition view of Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012 (courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; photo : Romain Lopez)