An interview with Alfredo Jaar


By art21. Alfredo Jaar in his installation “Infinite Cell” (2004) in Santiago, Chile, and various works. Through installations, photographs, and community-based projects, Alfredo Jaar explores the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent events such as genocides, epidemics, and famines. Jaar’s work bears witness to military conflicts, political corruption, and imbalances of power between industrialized and developing nations, often taking the form of an extended meditation or elegy.

Cite this page as: Art21, "An interview with Alfredo Jaar," in Smarthistory, January 15, 2021, accessed May 27, 2024,