"Infinite Cell" (2004)

"Infinite Cell," 2004
Iron bars, painted wood, mirrors.
145 5/8 x 177 1/8 x 102 3/8 inches.
© Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

"A mirror is a simple object of daily life, and the perfect articulation of the narcissism of our society- a society that only cares for itself. In ‘Infinite Cell’, it’s about seeing ourselves in infinite projection and thinking about what we want to do as artists, as intellectuals. What do we want to say as producers of culture? And to whom are we speaking? Am I my public, or is it someone else? It also has to do with the horrors of the twenty-first century. This piece is probably one of my most emotionally charged works. Unfortunately, it has a universal life: all countries have histories of horror. And so, in a way, this piece asks, ‘How do we make art in the world, the way it is now? How do we make art today?’"
- Alfredo Jaar