The Politics of Images
Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images curated by Gaëlle Morel, exhibitions curator at the RIC, addresses political concerns and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. The Chilean-born, New York-based, Jaar highlights ignored contemporary tragedies such as genocides, epidemics, and famines, to promote cultural change.In his works "Searching for Africa in LIFE" (1996) and "From Time to Time" (2006), Jaar displays covers of news magazines to analyze the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture. The artist's three-channel video "We Wish to Inform You That We Didn't Know" (2010), his most recent project on the genocide in Rwanda, acts as an epilogue to "The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000", a series of twenty-five artworks developed to critique the world's indifference and inaction to that mass murder. Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images will be on view in the Ryerson Image Centre University Gallery January 23 - April 14, 2013.