°1956, Santiago de Chile (CL) – lives and works in New York (US)
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker. For over 30 years, Jaar has used photographs, film, installation, and new media to examine complex socio-political issues and the limits and ethics of representation. By using a hybrid form of art-making, Jaar has consistently provoked, questioned, and searched for ways to heighten our consciousness about issues often forgotten or suppressed in the international sphere, while not relinquishing art’s formal and aesthetic power. Over his career, Jaar has explored significant political and social issues including genocide, the displacement of refugees across borders, and the balance of power between developing and industrialized nations.
(courtesy of Galerie Lelong)
Alfredo Jaar – A Logo for America, installation view at Times Square, April 1987
Alfredo Jaar – September 15, 2009
Alfredo Jaar – The Silence of Nduwayezu, 1997
Alfredo Jaar – The Silence of Nduwayezu, 1997 (detail)
Alfredo Jaar – Be Afraid of the Enormity of the Possible, 2015
Alfredo Jaar – One Million Finnish Passports, 1995
Alfredo Jaar – exhibition view at MAC, Marseille, in 2015
Alfredo Jaar – Culture = Capital, 2010
Jaar has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; MoMA, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MCA, Chicago; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma; MFA, Houston; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; and Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. His work has also been included in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009 and 2013, the last time as Chile’s representative); São Paulo Biennial (1985, 1987, and 2010); Istanbul Biennial (1995); and Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (1995 and 2000). He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.
Alfredo Jaar is represented by the following galleries;
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You can also discover more of Jaar’s work on his own website.