Art Exhibition:Alfredo Jaar at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Art Exhibition, Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Fri 1 Apr 2022

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar, The Garden of Good and Evil, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

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West Bretton,
Wakefield,
West Yorkshire,
WF4 4LG

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 22 Jun - Fri 1 Apr Damien Hirst
Sat 21 Sep - Fri 1 Apr Alfredo Jaar
Wed 29 Jul - Sun 9 Jan Joana Vasconcelos
Sat 9 Jan - Fri 1 Apr Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon

Details

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most politically engaging yet poetic artists, Jaar addresses humanitarian trauma, inequalities and injustices around the world.

The original version of this work was displayed outside the Underground Gallery. Generously donated by the artist and a/political, this iteration of the work sees the cells permanently installed within this young woodland, opening up this area of the Park for the first time. Visitors are invited to walk amongst the trees to discover the hidden structures.

The steel cells reference ‘black sites’, the secret detention facilities around the world operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The structures are partially obscured from view, in the same way the ‘black sites’ and the torturous activity happening is hidden from public view. Some of the known sites include Guantanamo Bay in Cuba; Salt Pit, also known as Cobalt and Code Black in Afghanistan; the hidden prison Bright Light in Romania, and others located in Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Thailand, Kenya and Egypt.

The cells all have a one-metre square base inspired by the poem One Square Metre of Prison by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who was imprisoned many times and spent much of his life in exile. As with the installation, the poem reminds us of the privilege
of freedom and the power of the human imagination.

Born in Chile in 1956, Jaar has been resident in New York for over forty years. His work has received critical acclaim worldwide and has been acquired by collections including Tate, M+ Hong Kong, Guggenheim, MoMA New York, LACMA Los Angeles, and the Pompidou, Paris.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Fri 1 Apr 2022

Directions

See location of Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 282130  Lat: 53.61278 Long: -1.57521

By Road:
The best postcode for sat nav is WF4 4JX.

From Wakefield City Centre: Take the A637 from Wakefield. Proceed through West Bretton village. At the next roundabout turn right and follow the road through to the YSP car park.

From Motorway North/South: Exit the M1 at Junc 38. Take the A637 and follow the YSP brown heritage signs for 1 mile. At the next roundabout turn left and follow the road through to the YSP car park.

From Motorway East/West: Leave the M62 at Junc 29 and take the M1 South towards Wakefield. Exit the M1 at Junc 38 and take the A637. Follow the YSP brown heritage signs for 1 mile. At the next roundabout turn left and follow the road through to the YSP car park.

By Public Transport:
Nearest Railway Station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station (7 miles)
Nearest Bus Station: Wakefield Bus Station (7 miles)
Bus Route: Tate Travel Service No. 96 runs Monday–Saturday between Wakefield and Barnsley, with regular stops at YSP.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Wakefield Westgate station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality