Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile. This work references the date of the Life Magazine depicting Martin Luther King's funeral. Alongside the original image Alfredo Jaar graphically reveals the racial division of the era through two masked reproductions of the same image in which he highlights the African American's present at the funeral (black dots) and the meager handful of white people also attending (red dots). Made during a period when Jaar was culling through the Life archive for another piece he described this work with the following statement:

 

"When I started looking at the shocking absence of white faces, I couldn't believe it"… "so I started looking for a way to represent this in a graphic and almost funny way. I did not want to preach to people. This was a way for me to express my outrage to what these images reveal."