New York

Alfredo Jaar

New Museum

In the decade since Alfredo Jaar left his native Chile to live in New York and began to exhibit internationally, his art has explored the relationship between the so-called first and third worlds. Entitled “1 + 1 + 1,” this exhibition, which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, brings together projects based on Jaar’s extensive research and travel to the gold mines of Serra Pelada, Brazil; a toxic waste dump in the small village of Koko, outside of Lagos, Nigeria; and, more recently, detention centers for Vietnamese refugees, operated by the British Hong Kong government. Jaar returns from his adventures armed with firsthand experience and ample photographic documentation of the ravages of multinational capitalism. Intent to give the Other a face—sometimes haunting or vacant, sometimes innocent or gleeful—and to provoke in the viewer a greater “family of man” compassion

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