The leaping-off point for Utopia, Utopia is the prevalence of camouflage in contemporary culture and politics--as a style of dress on the streets of SoHo and as an emblem of battle in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hirschhorn takes these conflicting connotations and extends the use of camouflage to its most extreme, absurd conclusion. If everyone on earth is camouflaged, will we be part of one army, fighting the same war? Will we have then reached utopia? Hirschhorn's project is an allegorical reading of our moment, in which the actual dystopia of current events permeates both the individual and the social body.
Utopia, Utopia resembles an exhibition in a museum of natural history, featuring dioramas, displays, text panels, timelines, video footage, vitrines, and maquettes, all filtered through the artist's intense aesthetic vision and rendered in ephemeral materials including cardboard and packing tape.
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