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Reconstructing Wodiczko
February 18, 2009   
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Warsaw's Profile Foundation is hosting an exhibition of works by Polish multimedia artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, entitled Self-Portrait 2.

The works on display include reconstructions of several self-portraits Wodiczko made in the early 1970s. The exhibition also focuses on some of his more obscure works, many of which have survived only in parts.

The exhibition's centerpiece is an installation with a double sided photograph of Wodiczko leaning over his mirror reflection. This is an allusion to the narcissistic self-obsession of an artist who never gazes beyond the dilemmas of his creative ego and is thus unable to see anything except his own reflection.

The featured self-portraits display Wodiczko's self-deprecating sense of humor as he exploits his own image to distance himself from his artistic pursuits.

Born in Warsaw in 1943, Wodiczko lives and works in New York City, Boston and Warsaw. He is a multimedia artist, an art theoretician, and an academic. Since 1980, he has created more than 70 projections involving slide shows and video presentations in a dozen or so countries on different continents. Wodiczko shows some of them inside galleries and museums, and projects others onto the facades of buildings and monuments. Touching on political and social issues, the projections deal with human rights, democracy, alienation and violence.

Ever since his Cracow projection Words and Gestures of the City Hall Tower (1996), Wodiczko has used images and voices of onlookers to breathe life into monuments and buildings which are of great importance to the host cities (Hill Monument, Boston 1998; A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima 1999; El Centro Cultural, Tijuana 2001; Zachęta building facade, Warsaw 2005; Kunstmuseum, Basel 2006).

M.R.

Open through March 21, Tue.-Sat. noon-7 p.m., Profile Foundation, 41/22 Hoża St., tel. 0-22 628-31-66
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