"Rwanda Rwanda" (1994)

"Rwanda Rwanda," 1994
Public intervention in Malmö, Sweden.
Offset print. 68 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches.
Edition of 100.
© Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Thord Thordeman, Malmö, and Galerie Lelong, New York.

"There must be a way to talk about suffering without making the victim suffer again. How do you represent this, respecting the dignity of the people you are focusing on? That’s why the Rwanda project lasted six years. I ended up doing twenty-one pieces in those six years. Each one was an exercise of representation. And how can I say this? They all failed. I kept looking for the perfect way to communicate that experience to my audience. Of course, there is no way: you cannot represent reality. The work is always the creation of a new reality. So how do you build this new reality that, one way or the other, translates the lived experience?"
- Alfredo Jaar