Thomas Hirschhorn on what it means to be an artist



Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn discusses what it means to be an artist, and why art is a tool to confront the times in which we’re living. Hirschhorn is represented in Tate’s Collection by Drift Topography 2003, a sculpture in which cardboard cutouts of US soldiers surround a ramshackle city whose streets are lined with petrol cans, raising the spectre of the Iraq war. We filmed Hirschhorn at the Stephen Friedman gallery, London, where his latest installation extends the theme.