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2.27.2011

Alfredo Jaar: The Sound of Silence vs Three Women

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
To the Parisians who can't be in NY next week (shame on you it's the Armory Show!! you should be here) here is a very interesting exhibition organized by the Kamel Mennour gallery in collaboration with "L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts". The Sound of Silence is shown at the Beaux-Arts' yard and Three Women is hosted by the gallery "rue St Andre des Arts". Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean artist, architect and film maker who was born in 1956. He lives and works in New York.

Over the past thirty years, he was focusing on how one can see and think an image. His technique evolved but his works follows the same guideline:  questioning on political violences, social exploitation, resistance and activism. his work is one of the strongest engagements in contemporary art such as Boltanski's one or Haacke's one. According to him, a work of art must go above the simple aesthetic pleasure and has to take risks. That's why he treated many subjects such as: the silence imposed by Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile, the destiny of Vietnamese boat-people in H, the Rwandan genocide, the "buried workers"in the brazilian mines... His goal is to link together the artist's search with political questions and moral ethics.

Unfortunately History doesn't tell if he's related to the electro Dj Nicolas Jaar who also lives in NY and used to live in Chile...

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