TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET

BLACK LISTS

2020 - 2021

  • Graphite inking and perforated paper

In “Totalitarian Alphabet” I use drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and video, I am inspired on the borders of totalitarian countries, specifically in former Czechoslovakia, where I was born. As it is well known, our highly guarded borders were built with wooden fences and barbed wire. The billboards took specific forms that I adopt as signs and reinterpret as letters in particular: “Y”, “I”, “X”, “T”. Based on a particular territory, I expand my questioning, trying to address universal issues of “freedom”, “borders” and “migration; in short, transit between nations.

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“Blacklists” is a series of thirty drawings, they are papers inked with graphite, on whose surface are written names of people who when trying to cross the Czechoslovak border were killed by the Communist border guard.
These names are “inscribed” by piercing the paper surface with a nail or needle. The names are taken from: “Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů” (Archive for the study of totalitarian regimes/ Czech Republic).


It works in two processes: perforate and illuminate, through the light that passes through the incisions, a hidden truth is revealed.

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BLACKLISTS, "Witek Helmut"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Witek Helmut, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Vejrazka Josef"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Vejrazka Josef, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Kolarik Frantisek"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Kolarik Frantisek, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Neznamy muz"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020

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BLACKLISTS, "Neznamy muz, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 10,7 x 12,5 cm/ 2020