digital print on paper, clips, nylon
120 x 300 x 200 cm
To reveal and to conceal, to create and then immediately destroy.
I write because we lived side-by-side, because I was
one of them, a shadow surrounded by their shadows,
a body in proximity to their bodies.
The written word is a memorial to their deaths.
In a dream someone asked me:
What is matter gravitating towards?
Impulsively I replied:
To the communism of the senses
Révéler et dissimuler, créer et détruire immédiatement.
J'écris parce que nous vivions côte à côte, parce que j'étais
l'un d'eux, une ombre cernée par leurs ombres,
un corps à proximité de leurs corps.
L’écriture est un mémorial pour leurs morts.
Dans un rêve quelqu'un m'a demandé:
Vers quoi cela convergera-t-il?
J'ai répondu impulsivement:
Vers le communisme des sens.
Born in Prague (Czechoslovakia) in 1973,Zbyněk Baladrán is an author, visual artist and curator. He studied art history at the Charles University Philosophical Faculty in Prague from 1992-1996, and from 1997-2003 at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of visual communication. He is one of the co-founders and a curator of Galerie display, which was established in Prague in 2001, and in 2007 merged with tranzit.cz into tranzitdisplay, where he continues to oversee the exhibition program. He is also the co-curator, with Vít Havranek, of the project and exhibitions Monument to Transformation, a 3-year research project on social transformation that was presented in 2009 at the Prague City Gallery, and which traveled to several other locations in Europe later this year. Baladrán was also a part of the team of curators (tranzit.org) for Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain in 2010. His artworks can be characterized as the search for links between the past and its construction in relation to the prevailing epistemological patterns.