Alfredo Jaar: the fire this time : public interventions 1979-2005

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An architect interested in ephemeral structures, a photographer who has grown increasingly suspicious of pictures, Jaar's most telling gesture is to relinquish the camera by placing it, figuratively and sometimes literally, in the public's hands. In other words, Jaar is a master of indirection. And no wonder. His work was shaped at the outset by the need to speak clearly and forcefully against murderous injustice, using language of the most lucid obliquity. Jaar's work declares that daring to connect and participate is our last, best hope.

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About the author (2005)

Alfredo Jaar was born in 1956 in Santiago de Chile, where he studied architecture and film direction. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows worldwide, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. A winner of a MacArthur igeniusi grant in 2000, Jaar has also participated in the biennials in Venice, S o Paulo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Istanbul and Kwangju.

Mary Jane Jacob, is Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jacquelynn Baas is the author of "Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art" (UC Press). Together Baas and Jacob conceived and edited "Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art" (UC Press).

Nancy Princenthal is a contributing editor at Art in America and Art on Paper. Her essays on Doris Salcedo and Robert Mangold have appeared in recent monographs on the artists. Since 1994, she has been guest lecturer in the visual arts program at Princeton Univeristy.

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