edited by: Bożena Czubak
graphic design: Iwo Rutkiewicz
publisher: Zachęta - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
Krzysztof Wodiczko is an author of nearly eighty public projections, presented since 1980 in various places around the world. In 1996, he started to stage video-and-sound projections, animating public monuments with the images and voices of homeless people, immigrants, war veterans, victims of violence, marginalized minorities. "Others", "strangers" are key notions of his artistic practice, in both the projections, the Vehicles, as well as the technologically advanced Instruments that enable those who have been deprived of rights and remain mute and invisible to be seen and heard in public space. In the video installation Guests, the protagonists are illegal immigrants, people who, not being at home, remain "eternal" guests. With their abilit to "include and exclude", borders are very much what this projection is about, located by the artist above all "between the actual stranger and the fear of one's own strangeness".