"The Silence of Nduwayezu," detail (1997)

"The Silence of Nduwayezu," detail, 1997
1 million slides, light table, magnifiers, and illuminated wall text. Table: 36 inches x 217 3/4 inches x 143 inches. Text: 6 inches x 188 inches.
© Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

"Nduwayezu actually saw his mother and father killed with machetes. His reaction was to remain silent for approximately four weeks. He couldn’t speak. His eyes were the saddest eyes I had ever seen, so I wanted to represent that and speak about his silence- because his silence refers to the silence of the world community that let this happen."

- Alfredo Jaar