Alfredo Jaar

b. 1956, Santiago, Chile | lives and works in New York

Alfredo Jaar’s multidisciplinary artistic practice explores unequal power relations and sociopolitical divisions, as well as issues of migration and discrimination. The Chilean artist’s iconic work A Logo for America (1987) used an electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square to display the statement “This is not America” emblazoned across a map of the United States. Jaar draws attention to the fact that the name America is routinely applied erroneously to just one of the two American continents.

Photo: Jorge Brantmayer

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