Alfredo Jaar Is on a Mission to Photograph Inspirational Women Around the World by Sarah Cascone / Artnet News

Alfredo Jaar, Three Women (2010), detail. Courtesy of the artist.

“In 2011, Alfredo Jaar presented a modest exhibition, Three Women, at Paris’s Galerie Kamel Mennour. The show included three tiny photographs illuminated by six large paparazzi-like tripods. The contrast in scale was meant to draw attention to the fact that the subjects—all women activists with towering achievements—had been overlooked….

After Jaar completed Three Women—which paid homage to Mozambican politician and humanitarian Graça Machel, Indian cooperative organizer Ela Bhatt, and Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi—he began looking into others whose work deserved similar recognition.

“Slowly I realized this was a never-ending project,” Jaar explained. “We started doing research in the studio and we accumulated an extraordinary amount of files about different women working around the world and changing the world.” ”

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