Alfredo Jaar, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

14 October 2017 – 25 February 2018

There’s a chance to ramble through the geopolitical realm this autumn as the UK’s most scenic gallery brings conflict, radical thought and harsh realities to a landscaped Yorkshire dale. A fascinating juxtaposition is in store.

These days there is much more to Yorkshire Sculpture Park than Henry Moore. The list of contemporary and international artists who have exhibited here include a surrealist (Joan Miró), a pop artist (Eduardo Paolozzi) and a post colonialist (Yinka Shonibare MBE). 

So perhaps we should not be surprised that it is the venue for a major UK show dedicated to filmmaker, photographer, installation maker, former architect and activist Alfredo Jaar. In the autumn the Chilean will be trading his New York base for this green corner of the North of England, and soon visitors will encounter radical politics along with the hikers and the sheep. 

The 18th century Bretton Estate is a far cry from the killing fields of Rwanda, subject of Jaar’s best known work. Six years were spent revisiting the atrocities of the 1994 genocide, and the culpability of Western governments. The subsequent footage is incendiary.