Alfredo Jaar

Born in 1956 in Santiago (Chili), ALFREDO JAAR lives and works in New York (United States). He has developed a body of photographic, cinematographic, and installation work since the 1980s. His training as an architect is evident in his visual work, which is notable for the use of photographs in installations that attest to his mastery of the space. A Chilean native strongly influenced by French culture who took refuge from the Pinochet dictatorship, whose abuses and whose ties with American power at the time he has ceaselessly decried, he now observes the world from New York. Through the projection of images and the accumulation of documents and newspaper front pages that converge on a message that visitors discover as they delve further in, Alfredo Jaar shakes our certainty in the truth of images, warning us of our overly superficial perception of them. He questions the role of the supposedly objective journalistic witness and of the Western perspective on events. His photographs and installations evoke the Chilean dictatorship, the American press’ relationship to Africa, the Rwandan genocide, the hunt for Bin Laden, the heroines of human rights, and more. For Jaar, “No image is innocent.” Kamel Mennour and Alfredo Jaar have been working together since 2009.

Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important individual exhibitions include the New Museum, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A major retrospective of his work took place in the summer 2012 at three institutions in Berlin: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Nationalgalerie. In 2014, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career.
His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlaebeck and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide. Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about the artist’s work.


Exhibitions & News

Alfredo Jaar - MEP - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, You do not take a photograph. You make it.
19 May — 24 October 2021
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Alfredo Jaar - Zeitz MOCAA - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, The Rwanda Project
19 October 2020 — 23 May 2021
Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
Latifa Echakhch - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - © kamel mennour
Latifa Echakhch, Alfredo Jaar, The Location of Lines
29 August 2020 — 21 February 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
On the Razor’s Edge - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Michel François, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj, Alfredo Jaar, Ugo Rondinone, On the Razor’s Edge
18 August 2020 — 14 February 2021
Museo Jumex, Mexico
Alfredo Jaar - IVAM - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, What is Our Home?
16 July 2020 — 31 January 2021
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia
Hasselblad Award Winner 2020 - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, Hasselblad Award Winner 2020
10 March — 31 December 2020
Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg
Unfinished - © kamel mennour
Huang Yong Ping, Alfredo Jaar, UNFINISHED Festival
27 September — 4 October 2020
Shadows - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, Shadows
22 April — 28 May 2016
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Winter show - © kamel mennour
Group show, Winter show
11 December 2015 — 23 January 2016
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Alfredo Jaar - Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013 - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, La Politique des images
1 July — 22 September 2013
Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles
Dan Flavin
Sans Titre (to the Real Dan Hill), 1978
Néons rose, doré, bleu, vert ; Métal laqué
243,8 x 13 x 20 cm
Vue de l’exposition « Lux Perpetua », kamel mennour, Paris, 2012
Photo. Fabrice Seixas
Collection privée, Paris - © kamel mennour
Group show, Lux Perpetua
26 March — 16 May 2012
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Three Women - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, Three Women
11 February — 12 March 2011
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Alfredo Jaar - ENSBA - © kamel mennour
Alfredo Jaar, The Sound of Silence
17 February — 12 March 2011
Cour vitrée du Palais des Etudes de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

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