It is difficult / to get the news / from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there. William Carlos Williams
Alfredo Jaar approaches critical aspects of the postcolonial world in order to state our society’s institutionalized indifference towards events such as genocides, famines, marginalization, military conflicts and political corruption all over the world, as well as art’s incapability in facing them. Alfredo Jaar’s exhibition It is difficult is accompanied by the book It is difficult Vol.1, special publication featuring a rich photographic documentation most of which previously unpublished from the artist’s archive, and the catalogue It is difficult Vol.2, available in English and Italian featuring texts by Paolo Fabbri, Paul Gilroy, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Gabi Scardi and Nicole Schweizer. In these books, the contrasts between industrialized and developing nations, the rhetoric of the media, and the process of removing such themes from our collective conscience are analyzed by minutely documenting the complex reality of a situation in situ, and focusing the attention of the public on the possible relationships between ethics and aesthetics and the key-role of art in criticizing the way in which such serious events are treated in our society. Alfredo Jaar’s exhibition It is difficult is promoted by Provincia di Milano and Fondazione Hangar Bicocca, in collaboration with Regione Lombardia, and will be on display from October 3rd 2008 to January 25th 2009 at Spazio Oberdan and Hangar Bicocca in Milan. Alfredo Jaar (Santiago, Chile 1956) is an artist, architect and filmmaker. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He participated in the Venice, São Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul, Kwangju, Johannesburg and Sevilla Biennales as well as Documenta in Kassel. Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Whitechapel and London Gallery (London), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), MACRO (Rome), Fundacion Telefonica (Santiago), Musée des Beaux Arts (Lausanne). He lives and works in New York.