Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile.
Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around world and more than fifty monographic publications have published about his work. He has exhibited extensively around world, including Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important solo exhibitions include at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemorary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A major retrospective of his work took place in Summer 2012 at three institutions in Berlin: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Nationalgalerie. In 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career. He was awarded as a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.
Images: 1) A Logo for America (1987); Spectacolor animation, Times Square, New York City, 42 seconds. 2) Installation view from Chilean Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013). 3) The Sound of Silence (2006); Installation with wood, aluminum, fluorescent lights, video projection, and with software designed by Ravi Rajan.