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WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House, SOAS University of London, UK

The New York-based Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, whose work has consistently addressed urgent social and political questions, will talk about recent projects.

In the widely shown and discussed Rwanda Project, a sequence of works made over a six year period, Jaar examined the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in a range of different formats, dwelling on the locations where the killings were carried out and on the experiences of survivors. In other works, he has considered the use of secret detention facilities by US intelligence in the “War on Terror,” detailed the perils of open cast mining and highlighted the human cost of current migration policies. In his work, the focus is not only on instances of political and economic violence but also on their representation—on the ethics of photo reportage and the blind spots of the news media. Jaar has worked on political developments around the globe but has returned repeatedly to central and southern Africa in projects that are often probing, occasionally brutal—and at other times startlingly poetic.

A major show of Jaar's work is on at Yorkshire Sculpture Park till April 8th.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception (in room SG37).

This event has been organised by Dr Emilia Terracciano with SOAS & Sotheby's Institute of Art. It is part of the SOAS & Sotheby's Institute of Art Artist Talk series.