64 minutes, Color and Black & White
In Person: director Maria Niro and film protagonist Krzysztof Wodiczko
Internationally renowned artist Krysztof Wodiczko has dedicated his work and life to denouncing militarization and war. Maria Niro's recent documentary The Art of Un-War follows Wodiczko's trajectory from his birth in Warsaw during the second World War and expulsion from Poland by the communist regime to the present day. Combining sculptural elements and technology, Wodiczko's projects often occur as public-space interventions that disrupt the valorization of state-sanctioned aggression. Since the 1980s, the artist's deft, site-specific projections of images onto office and government buildings have grown to incorporate recordings of personal stories told by war veterans, refugees, and immigrants, projected directly onto war memorials and often animating the busts of revered historic leaders. Niro documents many of Wodiczko's major works, including The Homeless Vehicle Project (1988-89) and the as-yet unrealized project of transforming Paris' monument to war, Arc De Triomphe, into a temporary site for peace activism.—Various sources
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