1.07.2021 - 19.10.2021 Events, Film, News, Polish-Jewish Relations, Visual Arts

The Art of Un-War

Excerpts screenings:

Saturday Oct 16, 2021 at 1 PM at Queens Museum
There will be a discussion and Q&A with Maria Niro.
RSVP: Eventbrite

Tuesday Oct 19 at 7 PM at Microscope Gallery
There will be a discussion with Q&A with Micaela Martegani, founder of More Art.
RSVP here.

Watch the trailer here

Internationally acclaimed artist Krzysztof Wodiczko challenges our complacency towards war, xenophobia and displacement with his unique projections onto monuments and facades. The film chronicles the life and political work of the Polish born artist, a pioneer of large scale projection art. Wodiczko’s lifelong investigation of monuments, war and trauma is intimately explored through his urban art interventions created over the past fifty years. Filmed with unprecedented access, this rare glimpse into the  artist’s world stands as a permanent document of his thought-provoking and inspiring work.

Narrated by Krzysztof Wodiczko, and in conversations  artist / activist Dread Scott, artist / writer/ activist Gregory Sholette, media artist Ani Liu, art historian Rosalyn Deutsche, artist Ewa Harabasz, curator Bozena Czubak of Fundacja Profile, curator Micaela Martegani of More Art, and Mary Sabatino of Galerie Lelong & Co. Through colleagues and fellow artists activists, we come to know Wodiczko as an empathetic media artist with a deep commitment to exposing the travesties of war and its aftermath. 

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Born 1943 in Warsaw, Poland. Lives and works in New York City, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Warsaw, Poland.

​Krzysztof Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than 90 such public projections in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, and also internationally, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments, vehicles and other cultural equipment with the homeless, immigrants, alienated youth, war veterans and other operators for their survival, communication and expression in the public space.

Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford CT; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; DOX contemporart Art Center, Prague; Bunkier Sztuki Art Center, Krakow, Poland; List Visual Arts Center MIT, Boston, USA; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, ‎Japan; Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Poland; and in FACT in Liverpool, as a part of Liverpool Biennale ‎opening in June 2016. Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work has been exhibited in Documenta (twice), Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale (twice) Architectural Venice Biennale (International Pavillion), Whitney Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, International Center for Photography Triennale in New York,  Montreal Biennale (2014) and at Magiciens de la Terre and in many other international art festivals and exhibitions.

He received the Hiroshima Art Prize “for his contribution as an international artist to the world peace”, and  represented Poland and Canada in Venice Biennale (Canadian Pavillion and Polish Pavilions).  He is also recipient of Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Georgy Kepes Award, MIT, the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, and “Gloria Artis” Golden Medal from Polish Ministry of Culture. Krzysztof Wodiczko is a former Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the head of Interrogative Design Group at MIT and since 2010 is a Professor and a coordinator of Art, Design and the Public Domain, a  postgraduate (MDes) concentration at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

He was teaching at Warsaw School of Social Psychology (SWPS), and since 2013 is a visiting Professor at the Media Arts Department of Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Before beginning his full time work work at MIT (1992) and at Harvard (2010), Krzysztof Wodiczko was holding full time academic positions in such institutions as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS (intermedia art) New York Institute of Technology (history of modern art and basic design) , University of Hartford CT (photography), Cal Arts, California (photography and public art) Ecole superieure nationale des beaux arts Paris (Atelier focusing on critical art and public space). He also taught on part time basis at Ontario College of Art (industrial design), Cornell Universty (public art), the Cooper Union (public sculpture). Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Basic Design), Warsaw’s Politechnique (Industrial Design) and Trent University’s Cultural Studies, Peterborough, Ontario (history and theory of the artistic avant-garde).   

His works are part of following public and private collections: • Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada • Centre Pompidou, Paris • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, U.S.A. • Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw, Poland • Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland • Fonds National d’Art et de Culture, Ministère de la Culture, Paris • Fonds Régional d’Art et de Culture d’Île de France • Ministère de la Culture, Paris • Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona • Hiroshima City Museum Of Contemporary Art • Israel Museum, Jerusalem • The Jewish Museum, New York • Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, U.S.A. • The Linc Group, Chicago, IL, U.S.A. • Museum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA • Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain • Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland • Contemporary Art Center Warsaw • National Gallery, Ottawa • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto,Japan • New Museum of Contemporary Art, NewYork • Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia • Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, U.S.A. • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A. • Fundacja Signum, Poznań, Poland • The Silverstein Collection, Detroit, MI, U.S.A. •

Among many books and academic journals his essays and projects were published in October, AA Files, Art in Theory, Design Culture ReaderAcademy X: Lessons in Art + Life in 2015, and Transformative Avantgarde and Other Wirings to be published winter 2016. Among most important, authored by Krzysztof Wodiczko, books are a collection of his writings titled Critical Vehicles published by MIT Press (1999), a comprehensive monograph of his work titled Krzysztof Wodiczko published by Black Dog, London (2012). Abolition of War (2013) was also published in expanded Polish edition Obalenie Wojen (MOCAK) and its new French edition is in preparation.

His new book of collected writing ‎titled The Transformative Avant-Garde will be published this fall by the same publisher. Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work is being presented as a part of internationally distributed PBS television series Art 21 and in a DVD, as a part of the book publication Art in the Twenty-First Century.

He received Master degree in Fine Arts, (With Distinction) in Interior Architecture and Industrial Design from Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw (1968)He has a Doctoral Degree in Media Arts from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2013) and doctorats Honoris Causa from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (2008) and from Maine School of Art (2007).

Funding for The Art of Un-War has been made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Museum of Modern Contemporary Art (Seoul S. Korea), the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Puffin Foundation, private donations and by the individuals who’ve contributed to the crowdfunding campaign for the film.

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