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Alfredo Jaar, ‘The Body is the Map’, 1990, Galerie Lelong & Co.
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Alfredo Jaar

The Body is the Map, 1990

Suite of nine cibachrome prints
70 × 70 in
177.8 × 177.8 cm
Edition of 10
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Location
Paris, New York
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About the work
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Paris, New York

Each: 20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Overall: 70 x 70 inches (177.8 x 177.8 cm)

Each: 20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Overall: 70 x 70 inches (177.8 x 177.8 cm)

Medium
Photography
Alfredo Jaar
Chilean, b. 1956
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Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar creates installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects that explore issues around humanitarian crises and the relationship between the First and Third Worlds. Probing the contemporary over-saturation of media images and the limitations of art in representing atrocities, Jaar draws attention to global power and exploitation. Perhaps his best-known work, This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987) consisted of a sequence of projections overlooking a U.S. army recruitment station in Times Square, including the outlined map of the U.S. with the words “This Is Not America” written across, and the word “America” superimposed over all the Americas—North, Central, and South. “There's this huge gap between reality and its possible representations. And that gap is impossible to close,” Jaar has said. “So as artists, we must try different strategies for representation.”

Alfredo Jaar, ‘The Body is the Map’, 1990, Galerie Lelong & Co.
Alfredo Jaar, ‘The Body is the Map’, 1990, Galerie Lelong & Co.
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About the work
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Paris, New York

Each: 20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Overall: 70 x 70 inches (177.8 x 177.8 cm)

Each: 20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Overall: 70 x 70 inches (177.8 x 177.8 cm)

Medium
Photography
Alfredo Jaar
Chilean, b. 1956
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Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar creates installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects that explore issues around humanitarian crises and the relationship between the First and Third Worlds. Probing the contemporary over-saturation of media images and the limitations of art in representing atrocities, Jaar draws attention to global power and exploitation. Perhaps his best-known work, This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987) consisted of a sequence of projections overlooking a U.S. army recruitment station in Times Square, including the outlined map of the U.S. with the words “This Is Not America” written across, and the word “America” superimposed over all the Americas—North, Central, and South. “There's this huge gap between reality and its possible representations. And that gap is impossible to close,” Jaar has said. “So as artists, we must try different strategies for representation.”

Alfredo Jaar

The Body is the Map, 1990

Suite of nine cibachrome prints
70 × 70 in
177.8 × 177.8 cm
Edition of 10
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
Location
Paris, New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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