29 November 2005

Alfredo Jaar

The new issue of Aperture (#181, Winter 2005) is out. Unfortunately, since I do not subscribe I cannot yet comment on the essay "Lament of the Images: Alfredo Jaar and the Ethics of Representation" by Abigail Solomon-Godeau. I will soon, though - as soon, that is, as I am able to track the issue down in the library here. In the meantime, you should check out Jaar's web page which is exceptionally impressive. I also recommend his amusing "Roland, Susan, David and the Others: A Web Project for Aperture" which comments insightfully on three important "theorists" of photography - Barthes, Sontag and Levi Strauss.

You might also be interested in the following interview with Jaar: Patricia Phillips. "The Aesthetics of Witnessing: A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar." Art Journal v. 64 no. 3 (Fall 2005) p. 6-27 . The connection to my last post is that Jaar provided some of the most powerful representations of the Rwandan genocide. Jaar documents his various "Rwanda Projects" in Let There Be Light (Aktar, 1998).

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