Friday, September 18, 2015


Jaar's multimedia installation is a politically motivated installation focusing on controversial  issues behind the text, such as unbalancing power of policy, archiving history and the truth. 
It consists of three black lit text panels located on the wall of a corridor in a dark room. At the end of the corridor, there is an oxymoron room which has black painted walls. A giant bright white screen fills the wall facing to the entrance. Jaar is known for The Rwanda Project, an installation which focus on the political issue of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 

The piece consists of two parts, and both of them convey a cohesive idea perfectly.  First is the three black lit text panels, which are more like announcement boards of telling the truth behind the text. The work has no sounds or images and only have text on the panels on the wall. In the second part of the work, viewers can  see a glimmer from a second room after passing by the panels and walking down a dark narrow corridor. The minimalistic bright screen lights the entire dark environment. The whole project, especially the contrast between documentary panels and the brightly lit room creates a violent vision between the exposures of the hidden truth of those political issues and the facts of burying the truth.

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