American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer to project testimonials of gun violence onto Rockefeller Center

Jenny Holzer has previously addressed the issue of gun violence in the US through the 2018 project 'IT IS GUNS.'

The project, known as "Vigil," marks the third collaboration between the American conceptual artist and the public art non-profit Creative Time.

The initiative will see Holzer projecting the testimonies of those affected by gun violence onto the building's façade from 8 pm on October 10, 11 and 12.

As Artnet points out, the artist created "Vigil" in less than eight weeks, following the back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which respectively caused the death of 22 and nine people last August.

The series of projections will notably feature first-hand accounts by mass shooting survivors; interviews with family members of the victims; and materials penned by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

Also on view at the Rockefeller Center in New York City will be excerpts from the book of poetry, "Bullets into Bells," which addresses the crisis of gun violence in America.

"We want to move away from numbers and statistics that can be numbing and bring forth the voices of those most affected by this issue. It's about presenting a very personal perspective about what this massive issue in the US has wrought," Justine Ludwig, who is Creative Time's executive director, told Artnet.

This is not the first time that Holzer tackles the issue of gun violence.

In 2018, the artist mounted the art installation "It Is Guns," which saw her drive black trucks emblazoned with bold statements on the growing epidemic around cities in the US.

Starkly set in white letters on black screens, the texts read "DUCK AND COVER," "STUDENTS WERE SHOT", "SHIELD ME" and "IT IS GUNS."

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At the time, the project was a direct response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and staff members were killed.