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Thomas Hirschhorn: The Incommensurable Banner

13.10.08 | Julian Stallabrass

Comment on this exhibition, on show at Fabrica, Brighton, below:

There are many lengthy and heartfelt responses in the gallery's comments book. One asks: where are the pictures of the victims of the terrorists?

Well, there are undoubtedly many of them in the banner. Hirschhorn does not ask of these pictures--who are the dead, are they terrorist or soldier or civilian? There are also pictures from different wars included. His interest is partly in weapons as agents of terror as well as death (as used by all sides), and in bringing to light the subterranean circulation of such photographs.