Born in Chile in 1956, Alfredo Jaar is an architect, artist and filmmaker living in New York City. Among numerous awards, he received the Hasselblad Award in 2020, following Daido Moriyama, recipient of the same award in 2019. Jaar has realized more than seventy public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.
His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010, 2020) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Moreover, his work can also be found in the collections of many famous museums around the world such as The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York; TATE, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAXXI and MACRO, Rome; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan; M+, Hong Kong; and dozens of institutions and private collections worldwide.
Bye Bye Photography is a work conceived by Alfredo Jaar in 1988 after he purchased his first digital camera.
A farewell to analogue photography, a medium and technique the artist had used in numerous projects until he decided to start using digital photography, the work also pays tribute to Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, a key influence to Jaar, and his masterpiece Bye Bye Photography published in 1972.
Founded in 2014, Jean-Kenta Gauthier gallery is conceived as a laboratory and platform for production. Representing French and international artists from various generations, the gallery develops and presents projects in their two Parisian spaces (Odéon and Vaugirard) as well as in major public and private institutions in France and abroad.
Their program is accompanied by numerous publications produced with remarquable publishers.