Filmoteka Muzeum

This work is the documentation of an “audiovisual attack” on four sites in the centre of Warsaw: The Krasiński Palace, The Grand Theatre/National Opera, the Warsaw University of Technology, and an elevated section of a building near Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. As part of War Veteran Projection, on the 9th and 10th of November, Polish veterans of the recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with their families, spoke about the trauma of war and the problems associated with readjusting to normal life at the conclusion of active duty. This project was previously realised in Denver in 2008 and in Liverpool in 2009.

War Veteran Projections features the reiteration of Wodiczko’s anti-war stance, a common feature of the artist’s practice (for example, the projection on Memorial Hall in American Dayton in 1983, the projection in Hiroshima in 1999). In comparison to the artist’s other anti-war works, the works about veterans are notable for the extremely active, almost aggressive form of transmission – the works themselves represent an audiovisual “war against war”.

A significant element of Wodiczko’s work is to give voice to the socially marginalised. Wodiczko commonly enriches his projections with this key value. In 1996 in Cracow, the Town Hall Tower on the Main Market Square echoed the testimonies of crime victims, the homeless, drug addicts, homosexuals, the HIV positive. In this regard War Veteran Projection can be considered as the realisation of a strategy: “writing the secret tradition of the defeated and excluded into the tradition of the winners”. Wodiczko confronts the most representative buildings in the capital – symbols of power and prestige – with those voices often inaudible in the public sphere.

It is worth stressing that this project was the result of a several-month-long series of meetings and talks between the artist and veterans. The culmination of this meeting was the projection realised with the use of a specially adapted military vehicle – an instrument of Wodiczko’s artistic-engineering projects.

Description based on: B. Czubak, Sztuka domeny publicznej, [in:] Krzysztof Wodiczko. Sztuka domeny publicznej, ed. B. Czubak, Warsaw 2011

Year: 2010
Duration: 16'48"
Language: Polish
Source: HD video

© Krzysztof Wodiczko

Acquisition date: Jul 18, 2012
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit