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Art / Mixed Media | Ueno

Lament of the Images

Artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar's multidisciplinary works comment on cultural and political issues and highlight a dramatic use of minimalism. Meticulously researching his subjects of human rights violations and social injustices around the world, he analyzes and re-examines information that has been distorted by the media.

"Lament of the Images," inspired by a verse in a poem written by the Nigerian poet Ben Okri, revisits an installation of the the same title originally created by Jaar in 2002. The piece, consisting of two aluminum-framed light tables facing and mirroring each other — one suspended from the ceiling and the other on the floor — is a metaphor for contemporary society being blinded by visual information overload. (Yukari Tanaka)