319. Jaar: Lament of the Images – Art and Social Media
We are capable of sharing our personal stories on the internet, of informing ourselves of world events with the simplicity of a few clicks, so we can all become witnesses to a reality that we have the ability to change one by one ourselves, how? By sharing our personal stories and accounts of situations that we want others to become aware of, and how we stand up from it. This is an expansion of a role that art has and had in the past, but now have the ability to do it as well if we have access to the internet and a phone to document our reality and share it back if we want to. This is a new step in the role of art as images, words, stories that have the power to wake us up to create a better future. And this is what I share about after having watched the documentary Jaar El Lamento de las Imágenes (lament of the images).
Jaar, Lament of the Images is a documentary that focuses on the creative process of Chilean Alfredo Jaar, one of the world’s most important contemporary artists. His works reflect important current issues, such as immigration at the US-Mexico border, the genocide in Rwanda, and the coup in Chile. Believing that art is the last bastion of liberty in society, he presents his art as a symbol of resistance. This first film focuses on this invested artist and proposes an exploration of his works influenced by the history of Latin America, all while following his exhibits in Finland, Buenos Aires, Venice, and New York. The soundtrack is composed by Alfredo’s son, Nicolas Jaar, one of the most influential artists in the world of electronic music. – source: https://www.artfifa.com/en/movies/jaar-lament-of-the-images
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