Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Alfredo Jaar

The Aesthetic of Resistence

Artists' Research Laboratory (XI CSAV)
1–21 July 2005

"How does one make art when the world is in such a state? How does one make art out of information that most of us would rather ignore? How does one inscribe an artistic practice in a landscape over-saturated by consumption? How does one make visible the invisible?
This intensive three-weeks course will explore methods through which artistic practice can approach contemporary realities in new and creative ways. We will explore new strategies of presentation and representation in the hope of creating new models of public interventions and resistance."
(Alfredo Jaar)

Annie Ratti
Roberto Pinto
Anna Daneri

Invited artist

Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956, Santiago, Chile) lives and works in New York. Artist, architect and film-maker, Jaar grew up during the military dictatorship of Pinochet and produced numerous works explicitly critical of the regime. Since the 1980’s he has developed an extensive body of photographic, cinematographic and installation work. In his projects, Jaar explores the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent events such as genocides, epidemics, and famines. Over the course of his career, Jaar has tirelessly investigated the ways that art can interact with the broader social and political context, addressing issues of humanitarian urgency, political oppression, social marginalization, and human and civil rights abuse. He focuses on situations that tend to be ignored by the public conscience and how the media manipulates and filters information. The artist gets directly involved with these causes, giving voices and faces to the victims and witnesses.

Jaar’s major solo exhibitions include the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2007); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2008); and a retrospective at three Berlin institutions: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst and Alte Nationalgalerie (2012). He has participated at the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), São Paulo Biennial (1987, 1989, 2010, 2020) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Jaar has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020.

Participant artists

Francesco Arena
Adam Avikainen
Nark Bkb
Jeremy Boyle
Wendy Downs
Andreas Golinski
Francesca Grilli
Juan Pablo Macías
Stefano Mandracchia
Andrea Nacciarriti
Alessandro Nassiri Tabibzadeh
Christian Niccoli
Caterina Notte
Gionata Gesi Ozmo
June Pak
Annapaola Passarini
James Pei-Mun Tsang
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira
Marinella Senatore
Luca Trevisani
Juliane Wedell
Thomas Wilkinson


Alfredo Jaar

The Aesthetic of Resistance

22 July–4 September 2005

The Aesthetic of Resistance

22 July–4 September 2005

Tracce di un Seminario

30 March–30 April 2006


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L'arte oltre l'estetica, Jaar, o l'impegno ritrovato

2 July 2005

Alfredo Jaar

It Is Difficult

9 July 2005


Alfredo Jaar. The Aesthetic of Resistence

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The Aesthetic of Resistence


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