There seems to be a recent surge in exhibitions, programs and artists dealing with community engagement and political activism. Now, the politically active Holocaust Museum Houston is bringing artist Alfredo Jaar to Houston on October 23 for a presentation appropriately entitled “It Is Difficult” (also the title of a 2008 monographic publication). The Chilean-born artist has taken on some huge political topics (the holocaust in Rwanda, gold mining in Brazil, toxic pollution in Nigeria, and US/Mexico border issues), but his deeper exploration is the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent such horrific events.
It may be difficult, but HMH states that the artist, architect, and filmmaker will talk about the power of art and his mission “to reveal social injustice and inspire public action.”
also by Paula Newton
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