Alfredo Jaar: The Sound of Silence

The Impact of Photojournalism

Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar's The Sound of Silence will be featured at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam in January, as part of the Black/White series that will run until 2014.

The installation, which uses an entire room, tells the story of South African photojournalist Kevin Carter, who photograhed the famine in Sudan in 1993. For a controversial image of a young Sudanese girl being stalked by a vulture, Carter won a Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1994. 

Here is what the museum has to say about the installation:

'In The Sound of Silence the problem of the image has central place, the controversial relationship between photography, and violence and human suffering. In an age when photographs of horrific acts have become commonplace and interchangeable, Jaar poses critical questions about media consumerism, empathy and individual responsibility, and denounces the “collective silence'.

Nederlands Fotomuseum

gebouw Las Palmas
Wilhelminakade 332
3072 AR Rotterdam