New York

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Memorial art is inherently site-specific, as contingent on place as it is on the events that occasion its production. Its evocative power is predicated not only on the acknowledgment of loss but also on the idea of resistance: We will not forget the victims; we will not forget the violence; we will not be silent; we will not go gently into the night. This fusion of politics and passion also appears in the art of Krzysztof Wodiczko, which eulogizes the living, particularly those who are disadvantaged or who suffer at the hands of authority.

Wodiczko is perhaps best known for works designed for public spaces that address the plight of the homeless. In the 1980s, he projected images of dirty, disheveled, and disoriented-looking people onto outdoor sculptures at night. The contrast between the disenfranchised nomads and the statues of robust, well-dressed civic leaders (some of which are located

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