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HAMMER CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION

HIRSCH PERLMAN: LAYMAN’S PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INTERROGATION

Dates: November 2, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Location: Hammer Museum, UC Los Angeles

The collection of handwritten texts and loose gestural sketches that make up Hirsch Perlman’s Layman’s Practical Guide to Interrogation: First Draft, 1993, suggests that the techniques by which interrogators extract information from their subjects are more artful than they are scientific. Consisting of thirty-five drawings arranged on a raw wooden table, this formative work was Perlman’s first in a series executed over the following years. The amateur guidebook, which the artist subsequently developed into other visual iterations, offers a pointed look into the strategic uses of everyday forms of communication in relationships of power and exercises in control.

For more information please visit http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/detail/exhibition_id/247

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