THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
Krzysztof Wodiczko (born Poland, 1943) is known worldwide for his pioneering, large-scale video projections on landmark architecture and public monuments, and for his more recent, interior projections. His politically-charged works explore the relationship between art, democracy, trauma and healing.
In 1998, the ICA commissioned Wodiczko’s Bunker Hill Monument Projection, dealing with gun violence in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, as part of the exhibition Let Freedom Ring. His other recent works include Guests, examining the often overlooked situation of immigrant workers in Europe, created for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), to which Wodiczko was the Polish representative, and Veterans’ Flame, which gives unusual visual representation to the voices of soldiers who have returned from active duty, installed on New York’s Governor’s Island as part of This World & Nearer Ones, presented by Creative Time (Summer 2009). Other works involving veterans are the Veteran Vehicle Project (2008) and the War Veteran Vehicle (2009) illustrating the complexity of social reintegration for returning soldiers.
Wodiczko received the 1999 Hiroshima Art Prize for his contribution as an artist to world peace, and the 2004 College Art Association Award for Distinguished Body of Work. Currently, Wodiczko heads the Interrogative Design Group and is Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.