CollectionOn view

Cries and Whispers 1988

Images of Alfredo Jaar, Cries and Whispers


Alfredo Jaar displays his work in hard-to-reach or hard-to-see spaces. In Cries and Whispers, he positioned a small cutout of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the United States at the very edge of the visual field. Jaar’s decisions about placement, both in- and outside of the frame, shape the meaning of the work. His work confronts viewers with a figure on the margins, suggesting that space, as much as the sitter, is the subject.