TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET

BURNT ALPHABET

2020-In progress

  • Wood carving

  • Site-specific intervention

  • Art action

The truth (...) does not appear in the development but in a process that could be designated analogically as the scorching of the glaze (...), a fire of the work in which the form reaches its most slightly luminous degree.

Walter Benjamin

"Abc dario totalitario" is a series composed of drawings, actions and sculptural objects. I am inspired by the borders of totalitarian countries, specifically former Czechoslovakia, where I was born. These borders were built with wooden meshes and barbed wire. The meshes took specific forms, these forms I adopt as signs and I reinterpret them as four letters in particular: "Y", "T", "X" and "I". Likewise, I investigate some events that have occurred in this troubled space, recovering the names of victims who have lost their lives trying to escape the country.

I work on these themes in three different series: "IXTY XTIY TIXY", "Arson" and "Blacklists".

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In the series called "Arson", I build wooden sculptural objects in the form of the same four letters: "Y", "X", "T", "I". The sculptures are meant to be burned. Fire refers to two contradictory actions: destroy and at the same time illuminate, make shine. Burning it, the work reaches its maximum luminous range and it is then, when the truth is revealed. The remaining ashes are also the product of this revelation and in them also lies the truth.

Four large drawings are made (280 x 110 cm c/u approximately), made of graphite on cotton paper. The drawings will depict landscapes between the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia) and Germany. These landscapes, although they have a clear reference, do not suggest any particular territory, since, although the inspiration comes from a particular place, the project proposes to cover a universal theme. The drawing is dark, leaving little to perceive some details. Subsequently, the drawings are placed linearly on the top of the wall; placing in front of each "landscape" posts in the form of "Y", "I", "T", "X".

"Arson" deals with a universal problem: political and personal freedom. Inspired by specific territory, it concerns something intrinsically human, seeking the limits of freedom itself, symbolically overcoming the borders that impede it.

TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET/ "Arson, Y"/ Action, Monochannel Duration 2,30 minutos

TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET/ "Arson, Y"/ Action, Monochannel Duration 2,30 minutos