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Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to present “Krzysztof Wodiczko: A House Divided…,” a new projection-installation work exploring contemporary political polarization in the United States and reflective of the world at large. This exhibition follows the opening of the artist’s most recent site-specific projection, “Monument,” commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and on view January 16 through May 10, 2020. Wodiczko’s lifelong investigation of speech in public spaces aims to give voice to the marginalized and thereby generate an impetus for systematic change. Wodiczko’s practice, which he terms “Interrogative Design,” combines art and technology with contemporary issues of urban, historical, and aesthetic culture.

A House Divided… stands out as Wodiczko’s first work that focuses on a population defined not by glaring injury, but by painful disagreement. The citizens of New York’s Staten Island were recorded expressing their deeply felt political views. Through video projection, these recordings animate the faces, hands and feet of two statues of Abraham Lincoln as the interviewees’ voices fill the gallery. Looming at eight feet tall and positioned to face one another as if in conversation, these “Lincolns” engage in frank exchange, testifying to the divergent political views among members of a singular community and, in some cases, from within the same family.  The methodology behind A House Divided… was previously explored in My Wish (2017), a work commissioned and in the collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea. Similarly, Wodiczko brought members of Korean society together in unified social participation; participants sharing their unique experiences, hopes and dreams as their likenesses were projected on Kim Koo, the Korean independence activist.