Alfredo Jaar is one of the foremost practitioners of a social, integrated art practice.
His public works simultaneously question the efficacy of art to produce social
change, and generate authentic transformation in diverse contexts. Since the early
1980s, Chilean-born Jaar has created incisive installations, photographs, films,
and community-based projects that produce new ways of seeing subjects, such as
homelessness in Montreal, the holocaust in Rwanda, and gold mining in Brazil. His
work is noted for its power to establish unexpected platforms of cultural impact and
to re-engage desensitized Western audiences with global inequities.
The Geometry of Conscience, 2010
Courtesy of the artist