Artist Alfredo Jaar gave an illustrated talk, "It Is Difficult," on March 3, 2011, in the Wichita State University Campus Activities Center Theater. His presentation was sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art.
Alfredo Jaar discussed the complexities of his artistic practice—working across disciplines and mediums—as well as his belief that art can serve as a viable tool for addressing the world’s problems. Artist, architect and filmmaker, Jaar is renowned internationally for installations that pointedly and eloquently confront poverty, displacement and violence around the world. Jaar's artistic projects have taken him to such far-flung locations as Brazil, Nigeria, Finland, Angola, Rwanda and Canada. Each of these projects results from both careful research and interactions with local people. The artist’s most recent video installation, "We Wish To Inform You That We Didn’t Know," addresses the legacy of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Jaar's artwork has earned him the prestigious honors of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and major solo exhibitions in museums around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
This event was the second presentation in "Buzz-Worthy Art Talks," a new lecture series featuring prominent voices in today's visual culture. "Buzz-Worthy Art Talks" have been generously supported by Don and Lora Barry.