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Krzysztof Wodiczko

The first introduction to Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work that I had was hands being projected onto famous buildings, such as the library in St. Lewis. Inside, hands of perpetrators are live 3D recorded , and projected onto the buildings outside. There is also an open mic outside, in order for people to speak up, open up and share something that is usually delegated to a private domain.
Wodiczko also did this in Bunker Hill with memorials, connecting those who lived in shadow of the monument – the battle here, unfortunately continues for lives and the pursuit of happiness. There is a mention of the stories that were never, and are never going to be investigated.
Through his work, Wodiczko must break the code of silence and enlist trust to speak about the unspeakable. He creates sketches to ensure that they body of the character matches the body of the monument, and to ensure he is not just projecting into the sky. These sketches also keep him sane and allows himself to distance himself about the things that are said through the artwork.
Within his own childhood, he was bought up with war – literal, physical and mental. This is perhaps a reason why his projects are always very emotionally heavy, and in places where war has been. He also worked on the Hiroshima project, and wanted to project on the only surviving buildings near the epicentre of the bomb. Through this, like all his other projects, he has had to build trust with the people.
For the Hiroshima project, the river became a graveyard for people and buildings, which is a tragedy, but also refreshing. Wodiczko has also projected onto other buildings that are symbols of the city, projecting with precision. In a very political Arab country, women wore a camera attached to their head, and explained their rape story. The skin of the building is the skin of the person, and visa versa.
I was very shocked at the content that Wodiczko deals with, and how openly he deals with these issues that are seen around the world. I imagine that it is somewhat refreshing for the person who is telling their story to be able to do so. The boldness of the projects, however, makes you listen.

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