At the core of internationally renowned Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s installation Shadows is a world-famous photograph by Dutch photographer Koen Wessing. Now in the collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, the photograph is a poignant image of two grief-stricken Nicaraguan women who have just learned of their father’s murder. In this recent work, Jaar transforms the visualization of universal emotions like into a work of astonishing dimensionality.
Shadows is the second work in an as yet unfinished trilogy dedicated to single iconic photographs. The impressive first part, constructed around a single picture by South African photographer Kevin Carter, was exhibited in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in 2013 under the title The Sound of Silence.