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Krzysztof Wodiczko, a sketch for Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, 2012, ┬ęKrzysztof Wodiczko; photo courtesy of the artist
More Art
with the support from the
Polish Cultural Institute New York

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Sunday, December 9, 2012
Union Square Park, New York, NY

Panel Discussion
Dec 4, 2012
New York University
Kimmel Center
Rosenthal Pavillion (10th Floor)
60 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012

Free and open to the public, but RSVP required (click here to register)
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Union Square Park
New York, NY

Krzysztof Wodiczko once again gives a voice to the voiceless. Beginning November 8, 2012 the voices of recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will animate a bronze commemorative statue of Abraham Lincoln that has stood silently in Union Square since 1870.

For one month, the memories and feelings of ordinary Americans will speak through Lincoln as part of an outdoor public art installation by an artist renowned for his large-scale light projections on architectural facades and monuments.

In collaboration with many New York City veterans organizations, Wodiczko interviewed approximately thirty veterans and their family members over the course of several months for Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, taping conversations about their war experiences and the toll of duty on their family life. It will be these points of view, presented in each persons own words, voice, and gestures, that will be projected in sound and light onto the figure of Lincoln. This project is a continuation of Wodiczko's exploration of the experience of veterans. Since 2008, using similar techniques, Wodiczko created several installations, most recently the The Veterans Project (2010) at the ICA in Boston, also in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

As our troops withdraw from Afghanistan, this commemorative statue, commissioned just a few years after the Civil War, again becomes a place for dialogue about war, says Micaela Martegani, founding director of More Art. Krzysztof Wodiczko and Micaela Martegani explain the project in more detail in this video.

Veteran Participants

Joan Aiken - Lyndsey Anderson - Joseph Avellanet - Roman Baca - Walter Baldaccini - Carl Cannon - Luis Crossman - Marie Delus - Trent Love - Nelson Lowhim - Blake Ruehrwein - Sarmiento - Carlos Tarraza - Carlos Zambrano

In conjunction with Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, More Art in collaboration with New York University (Art Therapy Program; Ikuko Acosta and Tom Ettinger) will present a panel discussion titled War, Trauma and Public Art at NYU. The panel discussion had to be rescheduled due to the effects of hurricane Sandy and the date will be announced shortly.

Participants: Krzysztof Wodiczko (Harvard University), professor and artist; Ani Buk (NYU), art therapist and trauma specialist; Rosalyn Deutsche (Barnard College, Columbia University), art historian who has written on the relationship between art, architecture, and urban planning; Joseph Ledoux (NYU), neuroscientist who studies the effect of trauma on the brain; Paul Riekhoff, veteran and the Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Carol Becker, art historian, author and Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University will be the moderator..

The Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection was made possible by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Galerie Lelong, A Blade of Grass, individual donors. The project was made possible by generous support from The Polish Cultural Institute New York and by the special assistance of the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts. Special thanks to Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center and Studio PASS.

Collaborating Veterans Organizations:

Coalition for the Homeless " Cornell University - Program for Anxiety and Trauma Stress Studies " CUNY - Office of Veterans Affairs " ECAD - Educated Canine Assistance Dog Program " Emotional Freedom Technique - Jondi Whitis " " Hope for the Warriors " Housing and Services Inc. " Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University " IAVA - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America " Intersections International " North Shore LIJ - Ways to Give Foundation " Phoenix House of New York, Inc. " Services for the UnderServed, Inc. " Shining Services Worldwide " SWAN - Service Women's Action Network " UWVC - United War Veterans Council Inc. " Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC " Warrior Writers " Wounded Warrior Project.

Watch video of the Union Square Park projection

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