Among Jaar’s most ambitious works is Studies on Happiness (1979–81), his first of many public interventions. In a climate in which the appearance of dissent could result in electrocution, waterboarding, rape, or execution, Jaar took to the streets of Santiago to ask one simple yet subversive question: Are you happy?
Matthew Harrison Tedford profiles Alfredo Jaar, who is speaking at SFAI tomorrow, 4/25, at 7:30pm —> http://bit.ly/1f87nR1
Image: Alfredo Jaar. Studies on Happiness, 1981; public intervention, Santiago, Chile. Courtesy of the Artist.