Krzysztof Wodiczko to Represent Poland at 2009 Venice Biennale

Krzysztof Wodiczko, “Veteran Vehicle Project,” (2008). Courtesy Dialog:City.

Krzysztof Wodiczko has been chosen to represent Poland in next year’s Venice Biennale, the 53rd International Art Exhibition.  No stranger to the canals, Wodiczko also participated in the 42nd Venice Biennale in 1986, and in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000.

The Season 3 artist is known for his socio-political works employing large-scale public projections and interactive sculptures that expose societal injustices while seeking to empower marginalized communities.  He has executed over 70 site-specific projections on public buildings and monuments in 40 cities worldwide. Recently at Dialog:City in Denver, during the 2008 Democratic Convention, Wodiczko presented the Veteran Vehicle Project, a series of interviews  that looked at the complexities of re-integration for soldiers returning from the Iraq War who have subsequently experienced homelessness.  For the Venice Biennale, the artist will premiere an indoor projection detailing the lives of Polish workers within Italian communities.

Wodiczko is currently featured in Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, featuring work made on both sides of the iron curtain during the cold war.  He is also collaborating with architect Julian Bonder on a memorial in Nantes commemorating the abolition of slavery, in addition to being shortlisted for the Foyle Public Art Project in Northern Ireland.


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