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Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Dr. Olenka Pevny


The contemporary artist, Alfredo Jaar (b. Santiago, Chile, 1956), is interested in exploring the complex dynamic between the so-called “First” and “Third” Worlds. Traditionally, the “First World” designates wealthier and industrialized nations which colonize or impose their authority on the less industrialized “Third World Other.” Jaar’s works expose and set out to dismantle this traditional western binary opposition as well as challenge constructed notions of the “other.” He creates art works for both the museum and public realms that force the privileged viewer to visually confront issues they would rather ignore, such as geopolitical crises and genocide.