Sunday, November 22, 2009

© Alfredo Jaar Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar made thousands of photographs in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, virtually all of which have remained unpublished. When he decided to exhibit sixty of the images, he first sealed them in black boxes -  rendering them invisible. On another occasion he displayed one million duplicates of a single image - a close-up of the eyes of a Rwandan who had witnessed a Hutu death squad massacre.
Jaar's photographic installations constitute an engagement with the ethics and assumptions of photojournalism in the mass media.  Ahead of an exhibition opening this autumn in Milan, two books surveying  his output offer an opportunity to examine the priorities and strategies of Jaar's work.



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