Born in 1956 in Santiago, Chile, Alfredo Jaar trained in architecture and cinema and produced his first works during the dictatorship. In 1981 he moved to New York, where he lives and works today. He calls himself a “project artist” because he applies the methods of an architect to large-scale artistic projects, and divides his time between producing works, public commissions and teaching (seminars, lectures). In 1986, he became internationally known when he participated in the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.
In addition to numerous exhibitions of his work in the United States (New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, 1992; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago,1992) and in Europe (Pergamon Museum, Berlin, 1992; Whitechapel, London, 1992) he has taken part in several art biennials such as those of São Paulo (1987, 1989), Johannesburg (1997), Istanbul (1995), and Kwangju (1995, 2000), as well as at Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). He won the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020.
Torture Must End Now., 2022
64 blue wax candles in a wooden frame
75.2 x 75.2 x 9.5 cm