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Conflict, migration exposed

Presence is persuasion, and for more than a decade Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar has been an irrefutable presence in South Africa. The respect he has long commanded elsewhere has been achieved locally too.

It hasn’t been an effortless journey. The New York-based artist’s 2020 solo exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, which surveyed his work on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, was scuppered by the Covid pandemic. The exhibition’s wonderfully pitched provocations and insights largely passed unnoticed.

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