Through Krzysztof Wodiczko's newest multimedia installation, viewers experience a visual and aural narrative conveying the complex psychological and emotional impact that combat has on both military personnel and civilians. Based on interviews and encounters with veterans and civilians from Iraq and Afghanistan, "Out of Here" places the viewer inside the conflict but just out of harm's way, illustrating the horrors of war while calling attention to the fact that only those who directly experience war can truly understand its effects...
Krzysztof Wodiczko, "Out of Here: The Veterans Project", the view of the multimedia installation, photo: press materials
In Krzysztof Wodiczko's newest multimedia installation, "Out of Here: The Veterans Project", viewers experience a visual and aural narrative conveying the complex psychological and emotional impact that combat has on both military personnel and civilians
Based on interviews and encounters with veterans and civilians from Iraq and Afghanistan, "Out of Here" places the viewer inside the conflict but just out of harm's way, illustrating the horrors of war while calling attention to the fact that only those who directly experience war can truly understand its effects. "...Out of Here: The Veterans Project" is Wodiczko's fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong - it opens on Friday, February 11 from 6 to 8 pm. The artist will be present.
Viewers of "...Out of Here" enter a darkened gallery space, with the only source of light coming from projections of horizontal windows along the perimeter towards the ceiling. Innocuous sounds of daily life - a child bouncing a ball, women calling to each other, a truck stopping and unloading - are interrupted by sounds of gunfire and active combat. In a moment, the sense of perspective and security is suspended; the distinction between observer and participant is breached. All that remains to be perceived is a palpable tension of fear, disorder, and panic. Krzysztof Wodiczko
is most known for his large-scale projections on public buildings and monuments that explore the relationships between communities, history, and public space. In recent years, Wodiczko's work has dealt extensively with trauma and healing. His public video projections of the past decade - including work with Hiroshima survivors, victims of gun violence in Boston, female survivors of violence in Kraków and Tijuana, and immigrants in the U.S. post-9/11 - have each honored individual stories of pain, loss, and perseverance. With "...Out of Here" Wodiczko presents a collective narrative of events taking place today in Iraq and Afghanistan, where in the darkness of the gallery, viewers are left with an indelible impression.
In the small gallery, Wodiczko presents color photographs from past projections on the subject of war, focusing particularly on the Gulf War, World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston presented the first version of "...Out of Here" in November 2009 (read more
). The United States section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA) recently named the exhibition one of the best architectural or design shows of the season and will present Wodiczko and the ICA with an award at its annual awards ceremony in March. For the presentation of ...Out of Here at Lelong, the artist has incorporated a new element referencing current political events.
In addition to ...Out of Here, the artist's recent projects include the War Veteran Projection in Warsaw (2010); Veteran's Flame
, shown at Wzgórze Partyzantów [Hill of the Partisans] in Wrocław, Poland (2010) and in the quadrennial PLOT09, organized by Creative Time at Governor's Island, New York (2009); and Guests at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). In 2010, Wodiczko was appointed Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
On February 15, Black Dog Publishing will issue the most comprehensive monograph on Wodiczko's work to date, featuring photographs, documentation, and writings from the past 40 years.