Sikora, Rudolf / Cross-sections of civilization
digital print, canvas, 120×178 cm
purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
This is a series of four prints containing identical basic visual information – two vertical fields, with the upper part showing the individual layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and the lower part showing the layers of the Earth’s crust. The layers of the atmosphere and the crust are relatively stable components of our planet, and they enable life to exist here. However, what occurs between these layers is variable, uncertain, and nowadays extremely dependent on human activity – which compounds the uncertainty. Sikora uses graphemes (exclamation marks and question marks) and black strips (evoking funeral announcements) to draw our attention to the fact that the fate of our planet’s layer between its atmosphere and its crust is in the hands of humanity, and that our human activities are plunging this space into a domain of speculation and uncertainty – as reflected in the graphemes (graphic symbols) that form part of the image.