29 Oct 2013 • Installation
Alfredo Jaar at Fondazione Merz
Chilean artist, filmmaker and architect Alfredo Jaar is known for his powerful installations and public interventions that combine photography with sociopolitical issues such as war. His new exhibition at Fondazione Merz plays on the idea of reflection along the trajectory of his interest in the tensions between culture and democratic life, as he delves deep into narratives of political participation in the 60s and 70s. Shunning commemoration in favour of the promotion of culture as a decisive factor for change, Jaar’s work cements his position as one of the most inventive and important artists alive today.
Comprising approximately sixty artworks, the exhibition begins with a large-scale installation that involves the scattering of millions of glass and mirror fragments across the main gallery space. The navigation of visitors through this reflective surface mirrors our movement through traumatic memories and difficult moments in the collective history of humanity. In a second space, Jaar orchestrates a dialogue with a 1970 work by Mario Merz titled Sciopero generale azione politica relativa proclamata relativamente all’arte, creating a poignant experience for visitors.
Alfredo Jaar: Abbiamo amato tanto la rivoluzione will run from 5 November to 2 February.
Fondazione Merz, via Limone 24, 10141 Torino, Italy
Images courtesy of the gallery.