Krzysztof Wodiczko

(Poland, 1943)

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After a two-year process, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s project culminated in two evenings of projections on the sixty-foot-diameter façade of the Omnimax Theater at the Centro Cultural Tijuana. Known for his large-scale outdoor projections, with Tijuana Projection/Proyección en Tijuana Wodiczko wanted to use progressive technology to give voice and visibility to the women who work in the maquiladora industry in Tijuana. The projections consisted of prerecorded materials interspersed with live feeds from a headset with an integrated camera and microphone designed by the artist’s students at MIT and worn by the participating women. This was Wodiczko’s first time creating a projection incorporating live segments, adding a certain immediacy and potency to the presentation of these very personal accounts.

In preparation for the projection, the artist conducted nearly one year of workshops with eight participating women. His work with these eight women was facilitated through two organizations based in Tijuana, Factor X and Yeuani, that are dedicated to helping women who face difficulties in the workplace or at home. The prerecorded and live personal testimonies given by the eight women focused on work-related and sexual abuse, family disintegration, alcoholism, and domestic violence. The scale at which these stories were heard and witnessed in the open space of the city and by an audience of more than 1,500 on the Centro Cultural plaza over the two nights created a powerful impact and literally magnified what so often never gets spoken about. The projections took place February 23 and 24, 2001.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venue: Centro Cultural Tijuana