"One Million Finnish Passports" (1995)

"One Million Finnish Passports," 1995
One million replicated Finnish passports, glass, 800 x 800 x 80 cm. Installation view: Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.
© Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

"My way of thinking is Cartesian, coming from my French education. I’m very logical. To make sense of a certain reality or situation is an essential part of my work. I could say that everything I know about art, I learned as an architect. As an architect, I give myself a program, taking into account a specific space. Space is not just physical. It’s also social, cultural, political. Studying the space, I try to reach what we call the essence of the space. Then I combine that with the essence of what I am trying to say. All these elements are incorporated in the program, in which I have an objective." - Alfredo Jaar ...

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"My way of thinking is Cartesian, coming from my French education. I’m very logical. To make sense of a certain reality or situation is an essential part of my work. I could say that everything I know about art, I learned as an architect. As an architect, I give myself a program, taking into account a specific space. Space is not just physical. It’s also social, cultural, political. Studying the space, I try to reach what we call the essence of the space. Then I combine that with the essence of what I am trying to say. All these elements are incorporated in the program, in which I have an objective."

- Alfredo Jaar

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