El Museu Coleccao Berardo de Lisboa opens PHotoEspana 2011 with exhibition by Alfredo Jaar

. June 3, 2011 . 0 Comments

The artist together with Pedro Lapa, director of the museum have presented the exhibition included under the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2011.

The girld Nguyen, whom Alfredo Jaar met at a refugee camp in Hong Kong, is the protagonist of an installation in which her face is repeated over and over again.The work strives to explore the distancing effect of news reports, and it delves into Jaar’s preoccupation with the distancing between the Third World and the developed countries.

The work of Alfredo Jaar is characterized by its commitment to history and by its meditation on the distance between the Third World and developing countries. A Hundred Times Nguyen (1994) is an installation comprising four portraits of a girl named Nguyen, whom Alfredo Jaar met in a refugee camp in Hong Kong. The portraits of the girl are repeated multiple times in varying orders until the images reach 100 iterations. The installation strives to convey the distant and disinterested effect of news reports, which the artist himself describes as “a landscape of media full of thousands of images where all of them fight to capture our attention, and most of the time they ask to consume, consume, consume.”

About the artist
Alfredo Jaar (Chile, 1956) is an architect, filmmaker, and visual artist. He has participated in Biennials in Venice (1986, 2007), São Paolo (1987, 1989), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), Kwangju (1995, 2002), Johannesburg (1997), and Seville (2006), as well as the Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). He has shown individually at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Whitechapel in London, the Modern Museet of Stockholm, the Fundación Teléfonica in Santiago, Chile, the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, and the Hangar Bicocca of Milan, among other places. He is the author of over 50 public art works worldwide, and over 35 monographs have been written about his work.


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