Kicking off MIT’s Zones of Emergency series on Monday, February 25, 2008, Season 4 artist Alfredo Jaar presented a selection of works that focused on his practice in zones of emergency like Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship, and in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide (1994-2000). His talk provided a framework for considering the complexity of working across disciplines‚Äîart, education, and the public sphere‚Äîto address specific emergency situations. Kayvan Zainabadi, former president of Amnesty International at MIT, also joined the conversation, speaking about his experience at MIT working with Amnesty on the crisis in Darfur.
Season 1 artist Mel Chin will also be speaking as a visiting artist in the series on Monday, April 7 at 6:30pm. Learn more about the series, which is part of MIT’s Visual Arts Program, and other featured speakers on its site, http://www.zonesofemergency.net.