Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Krzysztof Wodiczko in Venice Biennale

MIT prof Krzysztof Wodiczko’s video projection “Guests” is on view at the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale through Nov. 22. MIT reports that the Polish native, who now splits his time between Cambridge, New York City, and Warsaw, “transforms the space of the Polish Pavilion into a place where viewers watch scenes taking place seemingly outside, behind an illusion of windows, their projection on the pavilion’s windowless walls. The projections of scenes show immigrants washing windows, taking a rest, waiting for work, exchanging remarks about their tough existential situation, unemployment, and problems getting their stay legalized. Wodiczko plays with the visibility of immigrants, people who are ‘within arm’s reach’ and, at the same time, ‘on the other side’, referring us to their ambivalent status, their social invisibility.”


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