WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield and the Springfield Art Association present “Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Art of Un-War,” a film screening and Q&A with Krzysztof Wodiczko and award-winning filmmaker and artist Maria Niro. The film documentary chronicles the life and political work of Wodiczko, an internationally acclaimed artist. This event is free and open to the public.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2023
WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library,
One University Plaza, Springfield
DETAILS: Niro’s film, “The Art of Un-War,” follows Wodiczko’s life-long work as an artist and educator renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. War, conflict, trauma, memory and communication in the public sphere are some of the major themes in Wodiczko's oeuvre which spans five decades.
The film focuses on Wodiczko's social practice which combines art and technology as critical design practices to highlight marginal social communities and address cultural issues that are often overlooked. An instigator for social change, Wodiczko’s powerful public art interventions disrupt the valorization of state-sanctioned aggression and challenge our complacency towards war, xenophobia and displacement.
Event contributors also include: UIS Brookens Library, UIS Visual Arts, UIS Student Life, the UIS College of Public Affairs and Education and UIS School of Communication & Media.