The proposal by the Santiago native, now living in New York, is part of his contribution to the country’s SCL 2110 project, which involves world-class experts tasked with rethinking Chilean urban spaces with a view towards the country’s future over the next 100 years.
Experts from across the globe as well as within Chile are taking part in the project, including the Swiss Bernard Tschumi, who is working on a scheme in Santiago’s Metropolitan Park, the American team Lot-Ek, who looked at Vaparaíso’s transport system, and the American poet and artist Vito Aconci, who is working on an initiative in the capital’s Plaza Italia.
All of the projects went on display September 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art near Parque Forestal in central Santiago and were accompanied by an exhibition of dioramas – three-dimensional structures that make the viewer feel like they are actually experiencing the proposed action for an area.
Jaar, best known for his installations that combine elements of photography, architecture and theater and address complex social issues, studied architecture and film direction in Santiago before moving to New York in the early 1980s. He is a regular participant in some of the art world’s most important showcases and has been featured at the Venice Biennale three times, in 1986, 2007 and 2009 and in Sao Paulo in 1987, 1989 and 2010, as well as in Sydney, Istanbul, Seville and Liverpool.
He will speak at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday before presenting his proposal on Nov. 5 at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and then speaking with students at the Telefonica Foundation Auditorium.