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.
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.