ALFREDO JAAR, TWO MAJOR EXHIBITIONS IN JOHANNESBURG
ALFREDO JAAR / february 23 & february 25, 2016, / Goodman Gallery & Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (SA).
The Goodman Gallery announces the first solo exhibitions by Alfredo Jaar in South Africa. The Goodman Gallery exhibition Amílcar, Frantz, Patrice and the Others, opening on 25 February, is timed to coincide with yet another groundbreaking exhibition by Jaar, the major installation The Sound of Silence that will run at the Wits Art Museum from 23 February. Both exhibitions are informed by Jaar’s well-quoted statement that ‘images are never innocent’.
The main focus of his oeuvre is the politics of images: their effect on modern society ‘bombarded by thousands of images without warning, without mercy, containing messages of consumption crafted by marketing and communications experts.’
In his work, Jaar observes and deconstructs the means by which images in the media portray the world. He directs the viewer to the parts of the visual experience that they may not have considered in their reckoning of who has power, who does not, and why.
But beyond that, we invite the media, and members of the public to enjoy this wealth of knowledge embodied in the work of Alfredo Jaar, that incorporates insights steeped in poignancy, humour and at times great irony.
Image: Alfredo Jaar, « The Sound of Silence », installation Wits Art Museum – Copyright the artist