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"Between the Heavens and Me": Artistic Practice in Times of Covid-19

Alfredo Jaar in conversation with Ursula Ströbele and Steffen Haug

Alfredo Jaar's film Between the Heavens and Me (2020) is a thoughtful comment on the media coverage of the pandemic, and the artistic means to cope with the tragic news and and their images. It will be screened and followed by a discussion with the artist on the possibilities and necessity of artistic practice during the current times.

Alfredo Jaar (born 1956) is an international acclaimed artist, architect, and filmmaker. After fleeing from Chile under the dictatorship in 1982, he moved to New York and since then has worked and exhibited worldwide. His subjects concern the worldwide political reality, as well as questions of the image between document and art. He has participated in the Documenta Kassel (1997, 2002), the biennials in Venice (a.o. 1986, 2013) and São Paulo (a.o. 1987, 2020) and has had solo exhibitions in London, Berlin, New York, and Santiago de Chile. Website:

Wednesday 15 December 2021: 5.30-7.00pm
Online via  Zoom. Meeting-ID: 856 5934 5839 | Password: 148258.

The conversation is a co-operation with the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, the Bilderfahrzeuge Project, and the Warburg Institute, and forms part of the online-workshop "Digital realities: political imagery and mediatized nature in times of Covid-19“.

image: Alfredo Jaar Between the Heavens and Me (2020), film still, courtesy of the artist.