Alfredo Jaar visual artist, architect and filmmaker. Born in Santiago de Chile in 1956 and currently lives and works in New York.
Jaar primarily used photography as a record and support for his theme, which revolves around geo-political crises and social relations between rich countries and the third world ones, the conflict of immigration, violence, racism and refugees.
Hallmark of his style and the use of light boxes to place the images: in this way, the pictures are lit “inside”, like the faces of miners in Brazil “Gold in the morning” (1986) .
Jaar also interested in public space intervention that disturbs the viewer distracted: for example occurred when he used a neon sign of the building Time Square in New York, which read “This is not America” (1987), denouncing the U.S. imperialism as well as the series of slides showing the pain of the slaughter in Rwanda.
Its purpose was risky to raise awareness of people sleeping through visual concealment to return the ability to see the human drama.
His work has been exhibited in many countries. He participated in the Venice Biennial
(1986, 2007), Sao Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul, Kwangju, Johannesburg, Seville and Liverpool.
His solo exhibitions include museums such as Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1992), Whitechapel, London (1992), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1992), Modern Museum, Stockholm (1994), Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005) among others.