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Krzysztof Wodiczko’s (Counter)-Memorial Projects

Chaeki Freya Synn 1

1계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper traces the artistic development of the War Memorial projects created by a polish-born artists, Krzysztof Wodiczko. The paper is consisted of 5 parts. After a general introduction in Chapter I, Chapter II analyzes Wodiczko’s early memorial slide projections to discuss the role of “war as cultural memory” and collective national identity. Chapter 3 focuses on the artist’s video projections to explore the gendered aspects of war trauma and discuss the question of how trauma narratives can disrupt normative understandings of war. Chapter 4 examines the artist’s post-9/11 projects which challenge standard interpretations of war and memorial. The chapter discusses how the artist’s later works, which is devoid of any physical remnants of a conventional memorial, show that we are ourselves war memorials in our unconscious. Through the discussion on Wodiczko’s war memorial projects, the paper sheds light on the contemporary interpretation of one of the longest public art forms, war memorials.

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