For over two decades, Alfredo Jaar´s work has focused on photography as political witness. Born 1956 in Santiago, Chile, and living in New York, he has used a hybrid of installation, photography, text and sculpture to create metaphoric images dealing with the antagonism between industrialized and developing countries. »I witnessed this scene in 1994 in Zaire, today called Congo. A refugee is walking. His appearance is similar to most refugees, with bare feet and a cane. He carries just one bag filled with old garments; he has lost everything. This man was just one out of four million Rwandan refugees seeking refuge outside Rwanda or being displaced within Rwanda. I was unable to assist this man in his desperate journey. I remember him walking.«
Gold in the Morning 1985 2002 Documenta11 Edition Transparency in light box, 35,5 x 96,5 x 9 cm (14 x 38 x 3½ in.), signed and numbered. Edition of 30.
Alfredo Jaar, born 1956 in Santiago (Chile), lives and works in New York. For over two decades, his work has focused on photography as political witness. He has used his hybrid of installation, photography, text and sculpture to create metaphoric images dealing with the antagonisms between industrialized and developing countries. In the summer of 1985, Jaar spent several weeks in Serra Pelada, a gold mine in the Amazon. This piece, Gold in the Morning, is a portrait of seven miners, their gaze directed toward us. It is the artist´s way of claiming a place and its people, not as our own, but as something deserving of thought, action, and the dignity of identification.