Alfredo Jaar. The Sound of Silence
Editions Kamel Mennour, Paris, 2012
Born 1956 in Santiago, artist, architect and filmaker Alfredo Jaar lives and works in New York. Working with such different media as public interventions, installations, photography, and video, he examines the nature of images and the viewers’ relationship to them. The crucial questions that he keeps exploring in his work tackle the very possibility of producing art based on events that we would prefer to ignore, and of creating images in a context characterized both by their over-abundance and, paradoxically, by their invisibility. For close to 30 years he built up a body of work of enormous strength and of great sensitivity, closely linked to current events, but taking the opposite stance to sensationalist reports.