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Award Winning Artist Alfredo Jaar to Present "Lament of Images/Rwanda Project"

Multi-media used to present survivors of genocide


(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -Acclaimed photographer, artist, and sculptor, Alfredo Jaar will present a lecture and multi-media presentation, "Lament of the Images/Rwanda Project," at Moravian College on Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture and multi-media presentation are open to the public and admission is free. A welcoming reception will be held prior to the presentation from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. in the lounge of the Haupert Union Building.

Lament of Images is a visual presentation based on three photography-based installation works derived from the artist's experiences in Rwanda, where he traveled in 1994. He recorded the testimonies of survivors of a genocide that claimed the lives of one million people. Since this trip, Jaar has produced an ongoing series of projects drawn from his experience. As a means of eliciting an emotion response from the viewer, Jaar reverses the lens' eye to focus on the witnesses and the hauntingly beautiful landscape in which this massacre was enacted.

Jaar's work questions how irony and injustice characterize relationships between "developed" nations and the "Third World," and it focuses on how the mass media affects people's ability to see, think, and feel. He fuses the aesthetic with the ethical to focus on injustices around the world such as poverty, exploitation and genocide.

Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and many other awards, Jaar is a native of Santiago de Chile, where he studied architecture and film direction. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in New York City. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at museums throughout the world, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Jaar has also displayed work in Venice, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Istanbul, Kwangju Biennales, and Kassel.

While at Moravian, Jaar will meet with students on Friday, February 7, from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Payne Gallery to discuss his life, art, and work. His visit to the college is sponsored by the Arts & Lectures Committee, the Art Department, and the Kappi Pi Art Honor Society. For more information, call 610 625-7880.