previews

  • Alfredo Jaar

    Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCB-A)
    Place de la Riponne 6
    June 1 - September 23

    Curated by Nicole Schweizer

    It’s a banner season for Alfredo Jaar: On the heels of a major survey of his work in his native Chile last fall (the first since he left the country a quarter-century ago) comes a second retrospective, in Switzerland. Featuring some thirty-three works, including photography, video, and installation, the show spans Jaar’s career, from 1979 to 2006, providing a rare chance to see documentation of an early performance and of several public interventions. Why this groundswell of interest in the artist? With the recent surfacing of snapshots from Abu Ghraib and cell-phone pics of Saddam Hussein’s execution, the politics of images (the show’s subtitle) has never been more apparent—and nowhere is their power more eloquently explored than in Jaar’s poetic brand of media critique. A monograph with texts by Georges Didi-Huberman, Griselda Pollock, Jacques Rancière, and Schweizer accompanies the show.