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Alfredo Jaar | Gramsci & Pasolini

EXCLUSIVE: Alfredo Jaar in his installation Infinite Cell (2004) in Santiago, Chile, and various works.

Through installations, photographs, and community-based projects, Alfredo Jaar explores the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent events such as genocides, epidemics, and famines. Jaar’s work bears witness to military conflicts, political corruption, and imbalances of power between industrialized and developing nations, often taking the form of an extended meditation or elegy.

Alfredo Jaar, “The Ashes of Gramsci,” 2005. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

SEE: More images, videos, and news for Alfredo Jaar.

LEARN: Alfredo Jaar is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Protest of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Alfredo Jaar, The Ashes of Gramsci, 2005. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: Ray Day. Editor: Lizzie Donahue. Artwork courtesy: Alfredo Jaar. Thanks: Fundación Telefónica, Santiago, Chile.


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