Alfredo Jaar
Five Clouds
21. September – 11. November 2012

Opening on September 21, Friday, 7 pm
Artist talk at 8 pm

Kunstverein Arnsberg presents "Five Clouds", a solo exhibition by Alfredo Jaar. The exhibition follows a comprehensive retrospective of Jaar's work at three institutions in Berlin: NGBK, Berlinische Galerie and Alte Nationalgalerie. The presentation in Arnsberg focuses on Jaar's Africa based films and begins with an artist talk.


Woes and hopes of people are often a starting point of Alfredo Jaar's work. His position is regarded as highly political, but it is above all human - in each of his works the human aspect is paramount. The touching of his complex projects, however, can not be defined by a topic or a medium. Instead, he keeps the freedom to respond to questions of time with all possible means. His "aesthetics of resistance" has a wide range of expressive resources that confront us with the relations of ethics and aesthetics, words and deeds, adversity and courage.
Jaars works react on a specific reality and struggle against indifference and forgetting. With numerous exhibitions, events and lectures worldwide, Jaar is consistently fulfilling his mission. Each visitor becomes a witness and takes on the responsibility further - from person to person. The artistic processing of highly sensitive topics leads to experiences and emotions that sharpen our perception of reality and search for solutions.

Born in 1956 in Santiago de Chile, Alfredo Jaar lives since 1982 in New York. His work is known from numerous exhibitions, incl. Documenta (1987, 2002) and the biennials of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), Kwangju (1995, 2000), Johannesburg (1997) , Seville (2006) and Liverpool (2010).


The five films in Arnsberg:

"Embrace" 1995 (Rwanda)
"Muxima" 2005 (Angola) 

"Kigali" 2010 (Rwanda)

"Hope" 2010 (South Africa)

"The Sound of Silence" 2010 (South Africa)

The exhibition is realizied with the friendly support of RealismusStudio at NGBK Berlin.