Main Themes, Keywords

art and politics, globalization, power of images, power of media, mass media, nation-states, Latin American and African politics, global diaspora, genocide, revolution, issues of race and class, social justice, cultural supremacy, Africa, critique of representations, postcolonial history

Alfredo Jaar, Manu (2020)

”I have always believed in the healing power of music. When I returned from Rwanda after witnessing the horrific genocide that left a million people dead in the face of the criminal indifference of the so-called “world community”, it was music that saved me. Now I find myself in New York, witnessing another tragedy of incalculable proportions. This modest homage to Manu Dibango, one of the greatest musicians of our times, is an attempt to heal, again, with music, in these dark times. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

– Alfredo Jaar, April 2020

Selected Readings

The artist’s website

Nyberg, Patrik. “From Repetition to Duration – On the Silence of Nduwayezu and the Political Aesthetics of Alfredo Jaar.” In Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, 235- 242. Helsinki: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, 2014.

Pollock, Griselda. “Not Forgetting Africa.” In Alfredo Jaar: La Politique des Images, edited by Nicole Schweizer, 112-135. Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2007.

Alfredo Jaar