Alfredo Jaar is representing Chile at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. His work is a detailed model of the Biennale Giardini with all the art pavilions, placed in an enormous water tank. In regular intervals, the pavilions slowly sink and reappear again.
Alfredo Jaar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1956. He has lived in New York since 1982. Alfredo Jaar has participated in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009), São Paulo Bienal (1985, 1987, 2010), and Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). His exhibition Venezia, Venezia is curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn.
Alfredo Jaar: Venezia, Venezia / Pavilion of Chile at Venice Biennale 2013. Arsenale, Venice (Italy), Professional Preview, May 30, 2013.
Dislocación is the title of an exhibition that has been conceived to celebrate the bicentennial of Chile’s independence. The Swiss Embassy in Santiago invited the Chilean-Swiss artist Ingrid Wildi Merino to organize this exhibition. Dislocación was presented in Santiago last year, and is now shown in Bern, Switzerland.
Dislocación includes works by the artists Ursula Biemann, Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer, Juan Castillo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alfredo Jaar, Voluspa Jarpa, Mario Navarro, Bernardo Oyarzun, RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), 000Estudio, Lotty Rosenfeld, Ingrid Wildi Merino, and Camilo Yáñez. The works have been conceived and executed specifically for the exhibition. As the curator of the Kunstmuseum Bern elaborates in this video, they artistically analyze general circumstances under which we live in times of globalization. The exhibition runs until June 19, 2011.
On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Telefónica Foundation in Santiago de Chile presented the first solo exhibition of Alfredo Jaar in Chile in twenty five years. Jaar left the country and established in New York, where he developed an outstanding trajectory in the contemporary art scene. The artist has traveled around the world to create his conceptual works, which make art turn its gaze towards the public sphere. Although he has exhibited with great success in the major art festivals, such as the Venice Biennial or the documenta in Kassel, Jaar was almost ignored in his country of origin. This exhibition, along with a series of seminars that brought the most distinguished artists and critics to Santiago, has contributed to reconcile the artist with Chile and invigorate this country’s emerging contemporary art scene. Claudia Zaldívar, director of the Gabriela Mistral Art Gallery, explains how this project took place. By VTV correspondent Pau Waelder. Alfredo Jaar Santiago de Chile 2006, October 20, 2006 – March 4, 2007.