Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that renowned artist Alfredo Jaar will be the 2014 SCAD deFINE ART honoree and keynote speaker. The fifth edition of SCAD deFINE ART, the university’s annual fine arts showcase, will take place Feb. 18-21.
Previous deFINE ART honorees include Shirin Neshat, Fred Wilson and Marina Abramović.
Making its world premiere at the SCAD Museum of Art for deFINE ART will be Alfredo Jaar’s “Lament,” a new, SCAD-commissioned installation. On view Feb. 18 through June 29, “Lament” follows the footsteps of Jaar's “The Sound of Silence” and is the second part in a trilogy of installations that revolve around the power of a single extraordinary image.
“The Sound of Silence,” a work exhibited 22 times in 14 countries and six languages, focuses on Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer-winning photograph taken during the Somalian famine. While this 8-minute, text-based installation only reveals its subject image for a fraction of a second, “Lament” will, by contrast, unravel its photograph’s story through the exclusive use of images and the rejection of text. “Lament's” structure is inspired by Koen Wessing’s “Chile September 1973,” an entirely photo-based book about that fateful month in Chile, created by Wessing upon his return from 10 days in Santiago, Chile. Echoing the photographer’s masterpiece, Jaar’s installation employs a similar strategy to tell the story of these women: photography used as text.
About Alfredo Jaar:
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. He was born in Santiago, Chile. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paolo (1985, 1987, 2010) as well as Documenta (1987, 2002) in Kassel, Germany. Jarr has served as a distinguished visiting professor at SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Savannah.
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