Alfredo Jaar. La politique des images

Alfredo Jaar. La politique des images

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (MCBA)

July 7, 2007

Alfredo Jaar.
La politique des images

June 1 – September 23, 2007

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne
Palais de Rumine, place de la Riponne 6 – C.P
1014 Lausanne – Switzerland
Tel : +41 21 316 34 45
Fax : +41 21 316 34 46

The Fine Arts Museum in Lausanne is proud to present a major retrospective of the work of Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in New York), including previously unseen pieces and others that are being shown in Europe for the first time.

The exhibition, produced in close collaboration with the artist, offers a vast overview of his work, from documentations of his first public interventions undertaken in Chile (Studies on Happiness, 1979-1981) to his latest installation to date, The Sound of Silence (2006), by way of his works on gold miners in Amazonia (Introduction to a Distant World, 1985; Out of Balance, 1989), works produced following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda (Real Pictures, 1995; Field, Road and Cloud, 1997) as well as his last film Muxima (2005), a wonderful piece about Angola. Making use of media as diverse as public interventions, installations, photography and video, Alfredo Jaar’s work questions the nature of images and our relationship to them. The crucial questions that he explores in his work concern 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 more than thirty years, he has thus created an extremely powerful body of works of utmost sensitivity, closely linked to current events while taking the opposite stance to sensationalistic reports; on the contrary, he offers a “stand-still”, opening up the possibility of registering the density of political aspects in what appeared to be merely an incident or occurrence.

If the artist’s reputation no longer needs to be made on the contemporary art circuit — he has participated in the Venice (1986 and 2007), São Paulo (1987), Sydney (1990), Kwangju (1995), Istanbul (1995), Johannesburg (1997) and Seville (2006) Biennials, as well as at Documenta in Kassel (1987 and 2002), and has had major exhibitions in New York, London, Berlin, Madrid and Santiago — he has never so far enjoyed a solo exhibition in Switzerland or France. The Fine Arts Museum in Lausanne is consequently delighted to be filling an important gap.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated monograph in French and English: Alfredo Jaar. La politique des images
with texts by Georges Didi-Huberman, Griselda Pollock, Jacques Rancière and Nicole Schweizer
168 pages, Editions JRP Ringier, Zurich, 2007.
Public Lecture
Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 6:30 pm
By Georges Didi-Huberman, Maître de conférence at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
(admission free)

For further information, please contact Nicole Schweizer, exhibition curator or Florence Pittet, press relations

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