The Eyes of Gutete Emerita by filmmaker and photographer Alfredo Jaar grew out of his visit to Rwanda a few months after the 1994 genocide. This photo-based work, which combines images and text, focuses on the suffering of one individual, Gutete Emerita, who lost her husband and two sons in the mass killing of Tutsis at a church forty miles south of the capital of Kigali. Jaar chose not to photograph the remains of bodies still lying on the ground at the massacre site and instead directs our attention to the survivors who must live with the memory of what they saw. An illustrated brochure accompanies this exhibition.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Harrington Gallery Fund.
To read the full press release, click here.
Alfredo Jaar, The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, 1996, two Quadvision lightboxes with six black-and-white text transparencies and two color transparencies, edition 5/6. Pictured: Cycle 4 of 4. Purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund, the Contemporary Art Fund, the Guernsey Center Moor 1904 Memorial Fund, and the Anonymous #144 Fund; 2006.17