AO On Site for the 54th Venice Biennale 2011: Preview (with photoset) of Swiss Pavilion with artists Andrea Thal and Thomas Hirschhorn

June 3rd, 2011

All photos by Caroline Claisse.

Andrea Thal and Thomas Hirschhorn represent Switzerland in the 2011 Venice Biennale.  Previous representatives have included Silvia Bächli and Fabrice Gygi (2009), Ugo Rondinone (2007), and Pipilotti Rist (2005) whose work is visible in the Arsenale.

Hirschhorn is a Bern-born, Paris-based artist best known for large-scale “DIY” style installations using duct tape and tinfoil.  Thal’s practice is based in music and performance; she runs an artist-run gallery space in Zurich, Les Complices.* Hirschhorn has also created a special website for the project, which provides insight into his working process: Crystals of Resistance.

More text and images after the jump…

– J. Lindblad

Related Links:

Conversation with Thomas Hirschhorn, in Vittoria Martini, Federica Martini, Just Another Exhibition, Postmediabooks, Milan [Biennial Foundation]
Switzerland Taps Thomas Hirschhorn and Andrea Thal [Canvas Guide]
500 Words: Thomas Hirschhorn [Artforum]
Venice: Thomas Hirschhorn at the Swiss Pavilion [Contemporary Art Daily]
Venice Biennale: An Installation Art Contest [NYT]