The artist, architect, and filmmaker, was born and later educated in Santiago de Chile.
Alfredo Jaar challenges commonly held opinions about the relationship between art and politics. He fuses the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices around the world — poverty, exploitation, genocide. Jaar’s images are often presented within complex but spare installations made of found objects, posters, projected images, reflective surfaces, and photo-text pieces; they show the tangled effects of international economic and political realities on the lives of individuals.
Alfredo Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986; 2007; 2009; 2013), São Paulo (1985; 1987; 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), and Johannesburg (1997), as well as in the documenta in Kassel (1987; 2002). Important solo exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1992), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1992), the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1997), as well as Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2005), and the Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne (2007). The latest retrospectives were organised in 2012 in Berlin by the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, in 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, and in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Marseille.
He has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. He recently completed two important public commissions: The Geometry of Conscience, a memorial located next to the just opened Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile, and Park of Laments, a memorial park within a park sited next to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2006, he received Spain’s Premio Extremadura a la Creación.
The artist lives and works in New York City.