Alfredo Jaar To Represent Chile At 55th Venice Biennale
Alfredo Jaar will represent Chile at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a major new site-specific installation (1 June – 24 November 2013), which will be unveiled at the Arsenale during the preview on 29 May 2013.
The project is curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn, the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, whose relationship with Jaar spans two decades.
New York-based Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, filmmaker and lecturer, whose expansive commitment to art in diverse cultural, political, and public contexts, has led him to create some of the most profound and thought-provoking works over the past three decades. His continued concern for questioning social and political quagmires through in-depth analysis and accurate research has resulted in some of Jaar’s most acclaimed works including his Rwanda Project (1994 – 2000), a vehement commentary on the lack of international attention during the genocide.
Jaar’s participation this year marks a return to his debut appearance at the 1986 edition of La Biennale di Venezia as part of the fourth Aperto exhibition curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, where he presented the installation Gold in the Morning. Significantly, this was also the first time a Latin American artist participated in the Biennale. As a young, emerging Latin American artist, the Venice
Biennale symbolised a real turning point in Jaar’s career, leading him to both question and value its influential hold on the art world.
Jaar’s presentation at the Biennale will be accompanied by a catalogue edited by Adriana Valdés and published by Actar (Barcelona). It will include essays by over 15 prominent, international thinkers, critics, writers, theorists, who consider Jaar’s contextual installation within the historical trajectory of La Biennale di Venezia and amidst volatile contemporary global, geographic, political, and cultural transformations.