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Alfredo Jaar Uses Art Basel
To Make an Urgent Plea for Europe’s Migrants

Wednesday 15th June, 2016

#EVA16 artist Alfredo Jaar is to participate in Art Basel this week in the Parcours sector of the fair. 

The following is an excerpt from Artsy.

'If you’re one of the thousands expected in Switzerland for Art Basel this week, you may be approached by someone holding a blue box. This person is one of a small team assembled by Chilean-born, New York-based artist Alfredo Jaar for his contribution to the Parcours sector of the fair. “May I offer you a gift?” the person will ask. Upon receiving the plain blue box, recipients will read the directions: OPEN HERE. A warning, written in bold white text reads: THIS GIFT CAN CHANGE YOU.

Excerpts from the editorial Mario Calabresi wrote for Italian newspaper La Stampa calling for the image of Kurdi’s dead body to be published are printed below the warning: “This photograph demands that each and every one of us should stop for a moment and face what is happening on the beaches where we spent our vacations. We cannot procrastinate; dodge between our fears and impulses of compassion. This is the last chance for Europe’s leaders to live up to the challenge of history. And it is the chance for every one of us to take stock in the ultimate meaning of existence.'

View Alfredo's work, The Cloud, at Cleeves Condensed Milk Factory, open daily from 12 - 5 pm.

Read the full article here.

Image: Alfredo Jaar, The Cloud, 2015, Plaster,
bandages,balloons, polyester fibre, approx. 600 x 600 x 100 cm, Installation view at EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial 2016, photo Deirdre Power, courtesy the artist and EVA International.



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