|MacArthur Fellow Alfredo Jaar challenges
commonly held opinions about the relationship between art and politics.
He fuses the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices around
the world such as poverty, exploitation and genocide. Jaar was born
in Santiago de Chile, where he studied architecture and film direction.
Since 1982 he has lived and worked in New York City. His work has
been exhibited in solo and group shows at museums throughout the
world, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York,
Chicagos Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern
Art in Stockholm. Jaar has also participated in the Venice, São
Paulo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Istanbul and Kwangju Biennales, as
well as Documenta in Kassel.
Alfredo Jaar will present a selection of projects from the last
20 years, including film, performance, installations and public
projects that fuse the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices
around the world such as poverty, exploitation and genocide. Jaar
is conscious of how one-dimensional the mass media has made stories
on global politics and how it has cheapened the power of the image.
"I feel we have reached a point where we have too many images,"
he says. "Images inform us about the world, and by understanding
images we form ideas about ourselves. If images lose their power
to affect us, we have lost our humanity." For Jaar, one of
the most difficult aspects of his art is finding a balance between
sending a powerful political message and preaching.