Alfredo Jaar

(Chile, 1956)



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New York-based Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s project for inSITE2000 was designed as an ephemeral monument in memory of the migrants who had died during the previous ten years while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. Entitled La nube/The Cloud,the piece centered around the ceremonial release of over one thousand white balloons. With the balloons tethered together as a large cloud positioned immediately above the border fence at Valle del Matador/Goat Canyon, not far from Playas de Tijuana, the work took the form of a ceremony that included the performance of classical pieces by Albinoni, Bach, and Veracini, the reading of a poem by Tijuana poet Victor Hugo Limon, and a minute of silence. The balloons were then released from the cluster and drifted off one by one across the sky as symbols of the souls of the dead migrants.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venue: Valle del Matador/Goat Canyon, Playas de Tijuana