Krzysztof Wodiszko immerses you into the everyday lives of unfamiliar people, granting full access to their candid thoughts and reflections on their personal experiences.
In 2017 In-Situ was one of 6 venues across the north of England involved in Liverpool Biennial’s strategic touring programme. We had the opportunity to select an artwork from the 2016 Biennial and bring it to Brierfield. Guests (2009) was installed at Northlight Mill from May to June for the people of Pendle to explore and enjoy. Originally commissioned for the 53rd Venice Biennale, Krzysztof Wodiczko created his large-scale installation as a response to the global migratory crisis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Guests leads us into a Polish Pavillion with projections that create the illusion of frosted glass floor-to-ceiling windows around the room. Through each pane the spectator can see silhouettes of bodies engaged in various activities, and can eavesdrop on casual conversations related to topical issues of immigration. It explores peoples’ experiences of migration with thought-provoking topics such as unemployment, legalization documents and involuntary displacement.
While in Brierfield, Wodiczko was keen to connect with Pendle’s diverse community and regional policy-makers. The resulting conversations encouraged local people to consider wider issues around immigration and the displacement of people around the world, whilst also revealing that Guests found a new and particular relevance in this area.
Krzysztof Wodiczko was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1943 and is now based in New York, USA. His artistic practice is known for giving light to social injustice. He uses large-scale public projections, and interactive instruments as vehicles to empower marginalised individuals and communities. Wodiczko has executed over 80 site-specific projections, on public buildings and monuments, in 40 cities worldwide. He has presented solo exhibitions at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA (2009); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C, USA (1988); Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain (1992); De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1995); and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2005); and has participated and featured in numerous biennial exhibitions
For the full details of the 2017 Liverpool Biennial touring programme, visit: www.biennial.com/tour