Kafka, Čestmír / Connecting (from the cycle Connecting Two Things)
paper, plywood, metal, plexiglass, 91.5 × 97 × 10 cm
This assemblage draws on Kafka’s works from the late 1970s, when he created the cycle Connecting Two Things – a series of collages consisting of scraps of paper, cloth or found materials arranged into symmetrical two-dimensional compositions and held in place with clips, threads or other connecting devices. The fragmentary structure, which then becomes connected, can be read as an existential demonstration of the “shreds” of our soul which together form our personality, as well as a more general reflection on history as “shreds” of events and phenomena that can be integrated into a holistic interpretation of an era. The motif of tearing and connecting can also be viewed as a commentary on the frustration and alienation of people during the political repression of the 1970s, when people longed for connections and integrations.