Polish artist brings war in Iraq closer to home in U.S.

By Susan Soccoccia. November 19, 2009. The Bay State Banner.

Bringing a war that remains remote to many Americans closer to home is the multi-media installation by Krzysztof Wodiczko, “ … OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project,” on view through March 28, 2010 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Visitors are immersed in the sounds of the Iraq war in a simulated empty warehouse as part of “…OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project” at the ICA. (Photo courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York

Visitors are immersed in the sounds of the Iraq war in a simulated empty warehouse as part of “…OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project” at the ICA. (Photo courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York

A terse, 10-minute narrative unfolds across three walls in a darkened gallery where viewers stand, sit and sprawl on a carpeted floor. Projections turn the gallery into the interior of an abandoned warehouse with a long, narrow band of murky windows.

Viewers are immersed in the sounds of an occupied Iraqi city — the imam’s chants from the loud speaker of mosque, the shouts of children at play. A soccer ball shoots by a window and the shadow of a helicopter looms against a wall.

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