TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET

BLACK LISTS

2020-In progress

  • Graphite inking and perforated paper

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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"Blacklists" is a series of drawings, they are papers inked with graphite, on the surface of which 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 rezimu" (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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