In the projection on the monument erected in the memory of the protagonists of celebrated history, the artist showed images of anti-heroes, people unrepresented in the official version of history. A monument to Civil War soldiers was transformed into a monument of homeless people and their fi ght for survival. At the foot of the monument, from four sides, images of homeless people, surrounded by their typical accessories such as shopping trolleys or plastic bags filled with bottles and cans, were projected. On the column above was projected a photographic image from the construction of one of Boston’s residential buildings, showing the logo of the developer, the Turner Construction Company, in what was a clear allusion to a connection between real-estate development and rise in homelessness. Like Wodiczko’s other monumental projections, The Homeless Projection 2 revealed what offi cial monuments try to deny.
Organized as part of the First Night New-Year festival, it was viewed by over 200,000 people.
About Krzysztof Wodiczko
In large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments, Krzysztof Wodiczko explores the relationship between art, democracy, trauma, and healing. In countries all over the world, Wodiczko has projected images of the faces, hands, and bodies of local community members onto the built environment, accompanied by the voices of marginalized citizens, activating public space in his examination of human rights. Born of a Jewish mother who fled the ghetto in World War II Poland, Wodiczko is concerned with the impact of war and violence on individual lives, and aims to use his art to “break the code of silence, to open up and speak about what’s unspeakable,” as he says. He also produces what he calls “Instruments”, objects made collaboratively to facilitate the survival, communication, and healing of homeless people and immigrants. His Homeless Vehicle Project (1987–89) is a one-person mobile shelter designed in collaboration with members of the homeless community.
Polish, b. 1943