Krzysztof Wodiczko is an internationally renowned artist known for large-scale projections on monuments and institutional city facades that explore the relationships between communities, history, and public space. The artist has dealt extensively with trauma and healing in his projections, honoring peoples’ stories of pain, loss, and perseverance. Over many years, the projections have evolved from still slides to live and recorded videos utilizing individuals’ faces, voices, and narratives. Wodiczko is also known for interactive instruments and vehicles that empower marginalized individuals and communities and give light to societal injustices.
On public buildings and monuments in more than 40 cities worldwide, Wodiczko has executed over 80 site-specific projections. He has created projections on the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1989); Krakow’s City Hall Tower, Poland (1996);
Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument, Massachusetts (1998); Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome, Japan (1999); El Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Mexico (2001); Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2005); Signum Foundation, Poland (2008); Wroclaw’s Hill of the Partisans, Poland (2010); and New York City’s statue of Abraham Lincoln in Union Square, New York (2012). Wodiczko’s instruments, vehicles, and documentation of his projections can be found in over 20 museum and public collections worldwide including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Born in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, Wodiczko lives and works in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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