Thomas Hirschhorn is best known for his constructions of foil, plastic, cardboard and packing tape that appear both in art institutions and in public places.

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They gather together references to philosophy and popular culture, economics and poetry, artists and fashion designers, in a bombardment of information and imagery. The initial effect is overwhelming, but close attention reveals careful explorations of the contemporary socio-cultural climate, and of the work of various left-leaning intellectuals including Deleuze and Bataille. Hirschhorn’s contribution to Common Wealth includes a new installation Hotel Democracy, which assembles and houses different manifestations of the democratic spirit. This event is linked to the Tate Modern Exhibition Common Wealth, which exhibited the work of Thomas Hirschhorn.