03 I Just Felt It And I Heard It | Krzysztof Wodiczko

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03 I Just Felt It And I Heard It | Krzysztof Wodiczko


Title                 I Just Felt It and I Heard It
Artist               Krzysztof Wodiczko
Year                2011
Medium          Matt C-type print on Canson Baryta Gloss paper
Dimensions    50.8 x 40.6cm
Edition            100

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Krzysztof Wodiczko is internationally renowned for his politically charged, large-scale public projections and ongoing series of designs for personal communication instruments and survival vehicles. Central to his practice is the exploration of social and political marginalisation, and the creation of suitable platforms for alienated and excluded communities to “develop their shattered abilities to communicate” and testify about their personal experiences.

This print was produced for Wodiczko's 2011 exhibition Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Abolition of War. The two projects featured in this exhibition, The Flame and War Veteran Vehicle, brought into focus the post-traumatic condition experienced by returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Both projects are based on a set of interviews conducted by the artist with anonymous war veterans and their families, which reveal the difficulties of re-integration and the impossibility of re-connecting with their previous lives.

The Flame, from which this print originated, was first presented at Governors Island, New York in 2009, and comprised of a projection of a single flame flickering in response to the emotional impact of vocal testimonies by American war veterans and their families. Hypnotic and compelling, the flame draws the viewer into a state of reflective intimacy with these unseen narrators.

The Abolition of War takes its name from Wodiczko’s proposal to radically transform the Arc de Triomphe de L’Etoile into the structural centrepiece of the Arc de Triomphe—World Institute for the Abolition of War, thus reframing the traditional war monument as a site of education, critical discourse and proactive work towards peace.

Krzysztof Wodiczko lives and works in New York, Boston and Warsaw. He is Professor of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, and has exhibited internationally, to critical acclaim, over the past five decades.