ALFREDO JAAR: "THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINKING"
THE PRINCIPAL, WORLD-CLASS CHILEAN VISUAL ARTIST – KNOWN FOR HIS DENOUNCING OF SOCIAL AND GEOPOLITICAL CONFLICTS – EXPLAINED THE GENESIS OF HIS MAIN WORKS.
July 22, 2016
Academics and students praised the "It Is Difficult" master class that renowned visual artist, architect and Chilean filmmaker Alfredo Jaar presented in the Auditorium of the Bicentennial Space, at the Talca Campus. The activity was part of his tour of Chile, which included our Academic Institution among three of regional universities to visit, together with U. Austral and U. del Bío-Bío.
The 2013 Visual Arts National Award winner – living in New York for 34 years - said that his coming to the country sought to denounce the little support faced by artists in the regions. "There is a lot of talent outside Santiago, but in Chile we have a very powerful centralism which makes them invisible and that seems to me quite wrong," explained Jaar, internationally recognized for his works that blend architecture, photography, cinema, theatre and technology.
Accompanied by his wife, designer and dancer Evelyne Meynard, he visited the New Art Gallery of our University, the Outreach and Extension Center, the National Sculpture Museum and the Bicentennial Space building, containing the artistic legacy of Chilean sculptor Lily Garafulic.
"I didn’t know this place, I think it is great (...) There are few institutions in Chile that have this level of professionalism, and that impresses me a lot", said Jaar, who valued the cultural dissemination the UTALCA does.
President Álvaro Rojas thanked the opportunity to show the continued efforts of the institution to disseminate Art. "He comes once a year to Chile (...) he is very surprised at what the University has, culturally. He rescues the image of a public, state institution that has in Culture a fundamental element," he said.
Jaar deeply caught the attention of a full audience at the auditorium, and in the dark, where he projected images to explain the creation process of several of his works: "The Sounds of Silence", "City lights",” Ruanday Project ", “The Lament of the Images” and “A Logo for America" (1987), among others.
In his creations, he manages to show the international refugees realities, immigration, racism, social crises and geopolitical conflicts. His techniques include light boxes to illuminate from the inside the images, with different intensities and angles.
It is also the author of "Gold in the morning", one of his best-known installations worldwide, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1986. Is a series of photographs of a gold mine in Serra Pelada, Brazil, and shows the contrast between underdevelopment and emerging economies.
"I think that there is nothing more important than thinking. The creation of a physical work that we deliver to the world is only 1 per cent, and it contains 99 percent of the thinking process", he said.
The Conference opened the academic year of the master's degree and doctorate programs from the Institute of Humanistic Studies, both graduate programs supported by the Government Department of Education through the Performance Agreement on Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences of the UTALCA.
Opinions agreed regarding the quality of the exhibition. "Wonderful. I would say it is one of the best conferences that I have attended in my life. I think that what he proposes is very deep and is a way to have questions that leave the heart full of curiosity and the mind active ", said the president.
"Certainly, many of his projects will be part of the anthologies made about the art, both nationally and internationally," said the Director of the Institute of Humanistic Studies, Pedro Zamorano. "The persuasion power of his beliefs about the world, I think it's fantastic," said Professor Blanca Zuñiga, from the School of Architecture. "I believe that his vision of art teaches and shows us a path to Postmodernism," said Marcela Albornoz, Director of Artistic and Cultural Extension. "He brings Art to a social and critical level. He rises awareness, he is impressive and startling", said Ester Urrutia, student of the Literature and Visual Arts Master's degree program in Humanities.