alfredo jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in new york. he was born in santiago de chile. his work has been shown extensively around the world. he has participated in the biennales of venice (1986, 2007, 2009), são paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as documenta (1987, 2002) in kassel. important individual exhibitions include the new museum of contemporary art, new york, whitechapel, london, and museum of contemporary art, chicago as well as the museum of contemporary art, rome and moderna museet, stockholm. he has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. he recently completed two important public commissions: the geometry of conscience, a memorial located next to the newly opened museum of memory and human rights in santiago de chile; park of the laments, a memorial park within a park sited next to the indianapolis museum of art. he is currently developing a temporary public memorial project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of gernika in spain in 2012 and a new public intervention for guimaraes in portugal, european capital of culture 2012. a major retrospective of his work opens in june 2012 at three institutions in berlin: berlinische galerie, neue gesellschaft für bildende kunst e.v. and the alte nationalgalerie. more than thirty monographic publications have been published about his work. he became a guggenheim fellow in 1985 and a macarthur fellow in 2000. in 2006 he received spain’s premio extremadura a la creación.