• Alfredo Jaar, Untitled, 1990, 47 1/4 x 70 7/8". From the series “A New World,” 1990.

    “Alfredo Jaar: The Way It Is. An Aesthetics of Resistance”

    neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)
    Oranienstraße 25
    June 15–August 19, 2012

    Curated by Frank Wagner/NGBK Realismus Studio

    This summer, Berlin will host the first German retrospective of Alfredo Jaar’s four-decade career. Spanning three venues, the initiative is anchored by the NGBK, which, in presenting documentation of the Santiago-born American’s early actions in Chile during the country’s military dictatorship, will foreground his longtime engagement with—and ambivalence toward—an “aesthetics of resistance.” As the august Alte Nationalgalerie restages two large- scale installations from 1987, Persona and the provocatively equivocal 1+1+1 (on view through Sept. 16), some fifteen of Jaar’s best-known works will fill the Berlinische Galerie (through Sept. 17), including his Africa projects—meticulously choreographed meditations on how fatal indifference toward Africa is embedded in Western media voyeurism. An accompanying catalogue features essays by Lucy Lippard, Chantal Mouffe, Adriana Valdés, and Christian Holler.