Alfredo Jaar

born 1956


Alfredo Jaar (born 1956) is a Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives in New York City. He was born in 1956 in Santiago de Chile. From age 5 to 16, he lived in Martinique before moving back to Chile. He is mostly known as an installation artist, often incorporating photography and covering socio-political issues and war - the best known perhaps being the 6-year-long The Rwanda Project about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He has also made numerous public intervention works, like The Skoghall Konsthall one-day paper museum in Sweden, an early electronic billboard intervention A Logo For America, and The Cloud, a performance project on both sides of the Mexico-USA border. He has been featured on Art:21.

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Alfredo Jaar Lament of the Images


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Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect and filmmaker based in New York. He presents his work in the context of ...

Alfredo Jaar: Artist's Talk

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect and filmmaker based in New York.


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Tate Papers

Tate Papers no.9: Spring 2008

Tatae Papers no.9, Spring 2008, featuring archives, Constable, Alfredo Jaar and Hans Hartung
Tate Papers

Alfredo Jaar and the Post-Traumatic Gaze

Olivier Chow

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