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Still from Maria Niro’s The Art of Un-War (2022) courtesy the artist.

The Art of Un-War

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Join us for a post-screening discussion with director Maria Niro and artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, in person.

Internationally renowned artist Krzysztof 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 World War II and his expulsion from Poland by the communist regime to today. Combining sculptural elements and technology, Wodiczko’s projects often function as interventions in public spaces, disrupting the valorization of state-sanctioned aggression. Since the 1980s, his deft, site-specific projections of images onto the facades of office and government buildings have grown to incorporate recordings of personal stories told by war veterans, refugees, and immigrants; they are projected directly onto war memorials, often animating the busts of revered historic leaders. Niro documents many of his major works, including The Homeless Vehicle Project (1988–1989), created in collaboration with homeless communities in Montreal, Philadelphia, and New York City; The Hiroshima Projection (1999), projected onto the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan; and the currently unrealized project of transforming Paris’s monument to war, the Arc de Triomphe, into a temporary site for peace activism. (Maria Niro, 2022, DCP, 63 minutes)

Part of the ongoing film series Art Films and Special Screenings.

The end time for this event is estimated. End times may vary with post-screening discussion, audience Q&A, or other factors. All film events finish by 5:00 p.m.