TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET

I T Y X

2020-In progress

  • Graphite drawing

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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Large format drawings are 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 landscapes are intervened with letters drawing "X", "T", "Y" and "I" covering a large part of the surface, serving as sketches of the final action. 

TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET/ "ITYX"/ Graphite on paper/ 20 x 29.7 cm/ 2020