Krzysztof Wodiczko
Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, 2014
Projection on the façade of Théâtre Maisonneuve
08.10.14 – 22.11.14

From Wednesday to Sunday nights

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s public projections give life to monuments and public buildings through expressive physical movement, combining the images and voices of marginalized citizens: the homeless, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence and war veterans. Homeless Projection: Place des Arts is a new site-specific large-scale projection in which the bodies and voices of the homeless who frequent the downtown core will populate the multi-tiered surface of Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Working in close collaboration with St. Michael’s Mission and other community organizations, Wodiczko offers the homeless a space to recount their experiences, tell their stories and express their fears and desires, thus providing a more intimate portrait of homelessness. Placing the staged projection on a theatre means that the participants become both spectators of official culture and actors playing in their own theatre, following their own lived script. The changing face of cities, increasingly given over to commercial interests and the privatization of public space, impacts heavily on marginalized populations; by giving voice to those who are visible but not always heard, Wodiczko opens up a democratic space for social speech.

Presented by BNLMTL 2104, L’avenir (looking forward), co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and the Phi Centre, in collaboration with St. Michael’s Mission (collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal).

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, 2014, video projection with sound on Théâtre Maisonneuve, 20 minutes, French and English (courtesy of the artist; collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal)
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, 2014, video projection with sound on Théâtre Maisonneuve, 20 minutes, French and English (courtesy of the artist; collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal)
Biography

Born in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, Krzysztof Wodiczko lives and works in New York and Cambridge, MA, where he is Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has produced more than 80 such public projections in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Since 1985, his work has been featured in many major solo exhibitions and retrospectives internationally, at the DOX Centre, Prague (2013); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2005); Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski, Poland, and De Appel, Amsterdam (1995); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1992); Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland (1992); Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (1992); Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT (1989); and La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1988). His work has been included in Documenta, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1987); Biennale of Sydney (1982); Venice Biennale, representing Canada (1986) and Poland (2009); Les Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Pompidou, Paris (1988); Biennale de Lyon (1993); Whitney Biennial, New York (2000); Yokohama Triennale (2002); Kyoto Biennale (2003); and numerous other major international art festivals and exhibitions.

Among his many awards, Wodiczko received the Hiroshima Prize in 1998 for his contribution as an artist to world peace. His major publications include Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (MIT Press, 1999), the comprehensive monograph Krzysztof Wodiczko (Black Dog, 2011) and The Abolition of War (Black Dog, 2012). He is represented by Galerie Lelong, New York, and Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris.

www.galerielelong.com/artist/krzysztof-wodiczko

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Krzysztof Wodiczko, Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, 2014