Alfredo Jaar

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCB-A)

“There is no torrent of images,” according to Jacques Rancière. In his essay for the catalogue to “La politique des images,” the recent retrospective devoted to Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, the philosopher writes that the oft-stated idea that there is an excess of images—seducing and anesthetizing us—is a cliché generated by the very machinery of power that lies behind these images. The media don’t show us too many images of the ugliness of our world, Rancière argues, but rather too few. Since the late ’70s, Jaar has used his sharp eye and great sensitivity to cast light on the mechanisms of strategic omission.

Conceived by the artist in collaboration with curator Nicole Schweizer, the exhibition presented a nonchronological overview of his work. It opened with Out of Balance, 1989, an installation comprised of six long, narrow light boxes mounted on the wall horizontally at

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