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Alfredo Jaar

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Previously, Alfredo Jaar has often shown us difficult images by employing various degrees of indirectness that signal a certain distrust in the ability of those images to tell us anything at all. In Real Pictures, 1995, for example, he sealed photographs of the Rwandan genocide in archival boxes, exhibiting them with written descriptions of the images. Lament of the Images, 2002, also featured text, here describing three paradoxical situations involving sight and blindness, representation and censorship, including the storage deep underground of the Bettman Archives of historical stock photography.

The artist marshals these strategies toward an investigation of perception itself—of how we do or don’t absorb, integrate, or ignore problematic images—so that we never see anything without being reminded that we are seeing. Jaar has arrived at an arresting method of integrating the political

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