Wits Art Museum in association with the Goodman Gallery is hosting an exceptional installation, The Sound of Silence by world acclaimed artist, architect and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar. Born in Santiago de Chile but now based in New York, Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world and he has realized more than 60 public interventions internationally.
The main focus of Jaar’s oeuvre is the politics of images and their effect on modern society. The Sound of Silence takes as its point of departure South African photographer Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a starving child being stalked by a vulture in Sudan. It is a powerful testimony in Jaar’s longstanding examination of political injustices and the limitations of their representation.
The artist describes the work as a theatre built for a single image – ‘an invitation to reflect on the meaning of that image, on the construction of that image, on the history of that image and on the ultimate effect of that image on human beings around the world’.
The installation consists of a giant enclosed aluminium structure in which the viewer is presented with an eight minute film of a silent narrative that slowly unfolds this sombre and devastating real-life story.
One cannot walk out of there without being profoundly moved.
The exhibition at WAM coincides with the exhibition Amilcar, Frantz, Patrice and the Others at the Goodman Gallery Johannesburg which includes works by Jaar over the last 20 years that reflect on triumphs of African creativity, intellectual and economic achievements as well as the scourges of racism and domination.
Do not miss the work of this extraordinary artist.
24 February – 10 April 2016 at WAM