Smokescreen (Wicked Witch of the West), 2008-2009
live pyrotechnic event
Smokescreens have the ability to simultaneously indicate and obscure activities. Whether being used by illusionists, filmmakers, stage-designers, or within military actions, a veil of smoke is often employed as a cloak to mask arrival and departure, appearance and disappearance.
‘Wicked Witch of the West,’ is a live event and subsequent photographic document referencing the moment the Wicked Witch of the West appears in the 1939 film the ‘Wizard of Oz’. This moment is marked by a red pyrotechnic explosion that cloaks the emergence and disappearance of the witch.
This image documents the indoor creation of the smokescreen in a darkened space.
image from 2008 Bucharest Biennial