Alfredo Jaar

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The Marx Lounge (Installation View), 2011 © Photo Courtesy Andrea Alessi
The Marx Lounge (Installation View), 2011 © Photo Courtesy Andrea Alessi
The Marx Lounge (Installation View), 2011 © Photo Courtesy Andrea Alessi
The Marx Lounge (Installation View), 2011 © Photo Courtesy Andrea Alessi
The Marx Lounge (Installation View), 2011 © SMBA
The Sound of Silence, 2006 Installation Of Wood, Lights, Flashes, And Video Projection, Duration Of Projection: 8 Minutes © courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong
The Sound of Silence, 2006 Wood, Lights, Flashes, 8 Minute Video Projection © Galerie Lelong
The Sound of Silence, 2006 © Courtesy of the artist & Galería Oliva Arauna
Three Women, 2010 Light Projectors And Tripods 6ft X 10ft X 3ft © Courtesy of the aritst and Kamel Mennour
Cien Anos de Soledad , 1985 Neon H: 40 X W: 150 Cm © Galerie Kamel Mennour
A Star Is Born , 1988 Lightbox With Color Transparency H: 18 X W: 96 X D: 7 In © Galerie Hans Mayer
Buscando a Marcel Duchamp , 2004 Photograph Mounted On Aluminum H: 61 X W: 87 Cm © Galeria Cadaqués - Huc Malla
Muxima , 2005 Digital Film With Sound © Galerie Lelong - New York
Embrace , 1996 One Quadvision Lightbox With Four Color Transparencies H: 66.5 X W: 59 X D: 15.5 Cm © Galerie Thomas Schulte
Gold in the Morning , 1986-2003 Lightbox With Color Transparency H: 188 X W: 127 X D: 9 Cm © Galerie Thomas Schulte
The Eyes of Guetete Emerita , 1996 Two Quadvision Lightboxes With Six B/W Text Transparencies H: 66.5 X W: 127.5 X D: 15.5 Cm © Galerie Thomas Schulte
Gold in the Morning (04) , 1985 Lightbox With Color Transparency H: 32 X W: 47 X D: 13 Cm © Galleria Lia Rumma
Walking I , 2002 Lightbox With Color Transparency H: 188 X W: 127 X D: 9 Cm © Galerie Thomas Schulte
© Alfredo Jaar
Installation View © Stedelijk Museum (Bureau Amsterdam)
© Courtesy of the artist & SCAD Museum of Art
Muxima, 2005 © Courtesy of the artist and The Art Institute of Chicago
Kultur = Kapital [Unique], 2012 Neon Lights 800 X 100 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Thomas Schulte
© Courtesy of the artist & Berlinische Galerie
Gold in the Morning, 1986 Fujiflex Print 30 X 20"
© Courtesy of the artist & Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
Lament of the Images, 2002 © copyright the artist
We Wish to Inform You That We Didn't Know, 2010 Video Installation © Courtesy of the artist and RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE
Terra non Descoperta © Courtesy of the de la cruz Collection
Terra non Descoperta © courtesy of the Artist and de la Cruz Collection
Terra non Descoperta © courtesy of the Artist and de la Cruz Collection
The Ashes of Pasolini, 2009 Video Stills 39 Min. © courtesy of the artist
© Courtesy of the artist and La Biennale di Venezia
Film still from Muxima © Courtesy of Galerie Lelong and Alfredo Jaar
The Geometry of Conscience, 2010 Public Intervention Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist
Lament of the Images, 2002 © Courtesy of the artist & The SCAD Museum of Art
May 1, 2011, 2011 Two Lcd Monitors And Two Framed Prints On Archival Paper 210 X 28 Inches (533.4 X 71.1 Cm)
The Geometry of Conscience, 2010 © Courtesy the artist, New York
You Do Not Take a Photograph, You Make It, 2013
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, 1995 Neon © Alfredo Jaar
© Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Lelong
Gold in the Morning, 1985 © Courtesy of the Artist and Galeria Luisa Strina
Culture = Capital, 2010 Neon 15 X 122 Cm © Courtesy of Kamel Mennour
(Kindness) of (Strangers), 2015 (detail) Neon, Mirrors And Framed Print Overall Dimensions Variable © Courtesy Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, and the artist, New York
I can't go on. I'll go on, 2016 Neon 50 X 50 Cm; Edição De 36 + 6 Pa
The Sound of Silence, 2006 Wood, Metal, Fluorescent Tubes, Led Lights, Video Projection, Flash Lights, And Tripods; Dimensions Variable. Installation View, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, 2008. Software Designed By Ravi Rajan © Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
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Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and many other awards, Alfredo Jaar is a native of Santiago de Chile (born 1956), 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, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Jaar has also displayed work at the biennials in Venice, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Istanbul, and Kwangju. His work was prominently featured in the 2002 documenta in Kassel with his celebrated installation piece Lament of the Images.

Alfredo Jaar is one of the most uncompromising artists working today. His installations, combining elements of photography, architecture and stage design, and often featuring graphic documentary imagery in the form of back-lit transparencies, explore the complex relationships between developed nations and the so-called Third World. In his work, Jaar tracks and highlights the ironies and injustices which characterize those relationships, and it focuses on how the mass media affects people's ability to see, think and feel..


1956 Born in Santiago

1979 Degree from the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura

1981 Universidad de Chile

1985 New York State Council of the Arts Grant

1985 Guggenheim Fellowship

2000 Mac Arthur Fellow

Lives in New York

He holds the Winton Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Selected Exhibitions

2010 - 2011 29th Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brasil

2010 - 2011 Spazio: Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura del MAXXI, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy

2010 - 2011 MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy

2009 For You, Daros Latinamerica, Zurich, Switzerland

2009 New Acquisitions 2007-2008, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

2009 Continental Rifts: Contemporary Time-Based Works of Africa, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, California

2009 Aletheia - Positions in Contemporary Photography, Art Museum Meilahti, Helsinki, Finland

2009 The Spaces of the Image, Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Canada

2009 Third Moscow Biennale, The Garage, Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

2009 Cream, International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama, Japan

2009 The Sound of Silence, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York (solo)

2009 "Paisatges Creuats," Es Baluard, Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Mallorca, Spain “Against Exclusion,” Third Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Garage, Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

2009 “North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection,” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

2009 “The Fear Society / Pabellon de la Urgencia,” Arsenale Novissimo, Project by the Region of Murcia, collateral event of the 53rd International Art Exhibition - Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2009 “Back to Earth: Revisiting Magiciens de la Terre,” Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009 “World Images 3,” Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

2009 "100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009)," P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York

2009 "Compassion," Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

2009 "For the use of those who see," KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2009 “Prospects: An Exploration of Mining,” The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho

2009 “On the Margins of Art. Creation and Political Engagement,” Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain

2009 “Sightings: Searching for the Truth,” Guangzhou Photo Biennial, Guangzhou, China

2009 “Contemporary Video Art,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2008 Alfredo Jaar: it is difficult, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (solo)

2008 Politics of the Image, South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)

2008 Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

2008 Memories for Tomorrow: Works from the UBS Art Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2008 Cancelled, Erased & Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York

2008 The Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin/Madrid Presented by the Complejo El Aguila, Museo Nacional Centro de Reina Sofia, Instituto Cervantes, Auditorio del Ministerio de Cultura, and Filmoteca Espanola

2008 Africa On: Beecroft, Jaar, Kentridge, Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy

2008 Arte ‚ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York

2008 Pictures in Series, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, New York

2008 No Es Neutrala – Daros Latinamerica Collection, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

2008 MATRIX/REDUX, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA, USA

2008 Arte Vida: Actions By Artists Of The Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo del Barrio, New York City, NY, USA

2008 It is difficult, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

2008 Politics of the Image, South London Gallery, London, England

2008 You Complete Me, Western Bridge, Seatle, WA, USA

2008 TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, USA

2008 TRANSactions, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, USA

2008 TRANSactions, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2008 HeartQuake, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem

2008 That Was Then...This Is Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, USA

2008 Die lucky Bush, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

2008 Alfredo Jaar: Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, SLG South London Gallery, London, England

2007 SWITCHER SEX: Video Works and Photography from the Teutloff Collection, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2007 Equatorial Rhythms, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway

2007 Existencias, Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain

2007 Kopf an Kopf - Serielle Porträtfotografie, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

2007 Art Protects, Yvon Lambert - Paris, Paris, France

2007 To be Continued... , Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2007 AfterShock: Conflict, Violence and Resolution, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, England

2007 The Hours: Visual art of contemporary latinamerican art, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2007 La Presencia - The Presence of Latin American Art in California Collections" Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA

2007 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

2007 System error - War is a force that gives us meaning, Palazzo delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy

2007 La politique des images, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (solo)

2007 Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (solo)

2007 “La Politique des Images,” Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)

2007 “New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930 – 2006: Prints, Photographs, and Media Works,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

2007 “Power of 10: Gifts of Honor of Miami Art Museum’s 10th Anniversary,” Miami Art Museum, Miami Florida

2007 “Existencias,” MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spain

2007 “Afterglow,” Galerie Pfriem, Organized by Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France

2007 “Check List Luanda Pop,” African Pavilion, 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2007 “Constructing A Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art,” Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas

2007 “Private/Corporate IV: The Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection in dialogue with the DaimlerChrysler Collection,” Haus Huth, Berlin, Germany

2007 Scenes and Sequences: Peter Blum Edition, New York – A Selection from 1980 to 2006,” Aargauer Kunst Haus, Aarau, Switzerland

2007 “Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial,” Auckland, New Zealand

2006 Selected Works, Retrospective, Fundación Telefonica and Gallery Gabriela Mistral, Santiago de Chile, Chile (solo)

2006 Outside Europe, Aus der Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin

2006 Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA

2006 The Great Wall 2006, 200 Künstler aus 100 Nationen treffen sich an der Großen Mauer in China, ART + PROJECT Consulting GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

2006 Brighton Photo Biennial, The Sound of Silence, 2006, UK

2006 Sevilla Biennial, GEOGRAPHY= WAR, 1991, Sevilla, Spain

2006 Canary Islands Biennial, Tenerife, Spain

2006 Muxima, Galerie Lelong, New York (solo)

2005 The Fluidity of Time: Selections from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

2005 The Hours: Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2005 Emergencies, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain

2005 Alfredo Jaar: The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (solo)

2005 At the Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2005 Muxima, Grand Arts Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2005 Marking Time / Moving Images, Miami Art Museum, Florida

2005 Figuratively Speaking: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Miami Art Museum, Florida

2005 Fotografia! Arte 2005: Latin American Photography, Tampa Museum of Art, Florida

2005 Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of Landscape, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

2005 Alfredo Jaar: Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Museo dfArte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

2005 Alfredo Jaar: The Ashes of Gramsci, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

2005 Points of View: Landscape and Photography, Galerie Lelong, New York

2005 MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (solo)

2004 Alfredo Jaar Todo el Dolor del Mundo, Centro Portugues de Fotographia, Porto (solo)

2004 About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Art by MacArthur Fellows, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2004 Some Things Happening, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, Indiana

2004 Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of Landscape, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, Bronx, New York

2003 Transferts, Palais des Beaux-Arts

2003 Upon Reflectionc., Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

2003 Human Condition/Global Position: 4 Contemporary Chilean Artists, Founder's Gallery, The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri

2003 Sanctuary: Contemporary Art and Human Rights, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2003 Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, Australian National University; traveled to National Institute of the Arts; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; National Museum of Australia

2003 Six Seconds, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

2002 History Now, Liljevalch Konsthall, Stockholm

2002 Baltic Art Center, Visby

2002 Conceptes de lfespai, Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona

2002 Refuge, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

2002 Aquaria, Landesgalerie am Oberoesterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, traveled to Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

2002 Documenta 11, Kassel, June 8 – September 15, 2002

2001 'Alfredo Jaar: Let There Be Light' Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2001 'Alfredo Jaar: Clouds/Recent Projects' Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2001 Voir Ne Pas Voir La Guerre, Musée d fHistoire Contemporaine, Invalides, La Defense, Paris

2001 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2001 Public Project for Fukuroi, Japan

2001 Nauman Kruger Jaar, Daros Exhibitions, Zurich

2001 The Gift. Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena

2001 O Espiritu da Nossa Epoca, Museo de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo

2001 El Final del Eclipse, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid

2000 Versiones del Sur: Más allá del Documento, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

2000 'Alfredo Jaar: Waiting' University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, California

2000 'Alfredo Jaar: It is difficult' Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, California

2000 'Alfredo Jaar: New Works' Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan

2000 'FaceON' Site Gallery, Sheffield

2000 Photography Now, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans

2000 Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

2000 SCULPTography, Galerie Lelong, New York

2000 Frames of Reference From Object to Subject, Center for the Arts, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

2000 Public Project for Public Safety, Skoghall

2000 Public Project for Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata

2000 Public Project for inSITE2000, Tijuana-San Diego

2000 Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

2000 Art + Public, Geneva

2000 Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo

2000 Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya

2000 Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar

2000 Emergencia, Public Library, Umea

2000 BildMuseet, Umea

2000 International Museum of the Red Cross, Geneva

1999 Public Project for Mois de la Photo, Montreal

1999 MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge

1999 Public Project for Sant Boi, Barcelona

1999 Public Project for Wereldwijd, Antwerp

1999 Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

1999 'Alfredo Jaar Lament of the Images' MIT List Visual Arts Center, Jan 15-March 28; traveled to Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, May 22- August 22

1998 The Edge of Awareness, PS1, New York

1998 Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona

1998 Galerie Lelong, New York solo

1998 Centre dfArt Santa Monica, Barcelona

1998 Public Project for Stockholm 98, Cultural Capital of Europe

1998 Stedelijk Museum Het Domein, Sittard

1998 Galerie Lelong, New York

1998 Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian

1998 Do all oceans have walls?, Gesellschaft fuer Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

1998 The edge of awareness, World Health Organisation, Geneva

1998 Photography as Concept, 4International Foto-Triennale, Esslingen

1998 Waterproof, Centro Cultural de Belem, Expo 98, Lisbon

1998 Crossings, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1997 Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna

1997 Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

1997 Galeria Oliva Arauna, Madrid

1997 Galerie Franck + Schulte, Berlin

1997 The Light Factory, Charlotte

1997 The Johannesburg Biennale

1997 American Stories, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo

1997 Absolute Landscape, Yokohama Museum of Art

1997 The Crystal Stopper, Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York

1997 Freeze Frame, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna

1997 The Rwanda Project, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

1997 The Johannesburg Biennale

1996 Cuarta Pared, Museo del Oeste, Caracas

1996 Islands, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1996 The Luminous Image, The Alternative Museum, New York

1996 Mach / Onmacht, MUHKA, Antwerp

1996 Public Project for the University of Washington, Seattle

1996 City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh

1996 SHIFT, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

1996 Printemps de Cahors, Cahors

1996 Happy End, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf

1995 The Istanbul Biennale

1995 The Kwangju Biennale/u>

1993 Latin American Artists of the XX Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1993 Das Pergamon Projekt, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

1992 The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

1992 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1992 The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1991 The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.

1990 Sydney Biennale, Sydney

1990 La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

1989 The Brooklyn Museum, New York

1989 Magiciens de la Terre, Musee National dfArt Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1988 Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadephia

1987 Documenta 8, Kassel

1987 Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo

1986 Aperto, Venice Biennale

1985 Grey Art Gallery, New York

1984 Art & Ideology, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

1983 In/Out: Four Projects by Chilean Artists, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

1982 12eme Biennale de Paris

1979 Galeria CAL, Santiago
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