Born in 1956 in Santiago, Chile, Alfredo Jaar is a world-renowned installation artist, filmmaker, and architect best known for exploring the limitations of art to tackle humanitarian crises and events, such as famines, epidemics, and genocides.
He’s also celebrated for his exploration of the public’s desensitization to images and sociopolitical parities between developed and developing countries.
A graduate of Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura, Jaar often incorporates architectural elements and photography into his installations. Based on the Rwanda genocide of 1994, the Rwanda Project is perhaps his most famous installation. His other notable artworks include The Cloud, A Logo For America, and The Skoghall Konsthall. Jaar was named the 2020 Hasselblad Award winner.