"MoFu 365/360" creatives:
Karin Pisarikova was born in Brno, Czech Republic. She works as an artist, curator and external lecturer. Her works are mostly inspired by life, human relations and everyday rituals, predominantly in the medium of installation, but include performance, video and photography.
Her material of choice is human hair, for its ambiguity and connection to the body. She focuses on the human condition and making art praxis integral to everyday life. The problem of authenticity, fiction and reality is also central in her work.
Pisarikova studied in the atelier of Body Art at FaVU-VUT in Brno and completed her PhD. at Tama Art University, Tokyo in 2015. She has had solo shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Brno and participated in several art residencies in Japan and in Europe. Karin Pisarikova is the founder and periodical curator of Gallery Umakart in Brno. She was teaching at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo until 2018, before moving back to the Czech Republic, where she lectures at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno.
Objects being interpreted
9th Fort Memorial Complex
About the project
“Events that happened at the 9th fort are so cruel that no amount of metaphor is able to describe it. It is humbling for my generation, that went through no adversities in comparison, therefore I feel a strong sense of gratitude for being here and living in peace and freedom. That is thanks to people who fought till the end without giving up, and those overcoming unimaginable and building a life in spite of it. Working with the memorial monument and the fort itself, I focused partly on the symbols already used in the monument and also created my own. The main idea I wanted to convey was of human resilience and hope at the end of the tunnel. Showing the juxtaposition of vulnerable human bodies against the brutalist concrete architecture, seeing children as a gift and promise of a new future. Coming out alive.”
The idea of the project called “Come in the form of milk” is to reinterpret the memorial to the victims of Nazism at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas in a visual language, with emotional rather than logical associations. To capture the genius loci and to remind us of human resilience: psychological, emotional, physical, and in the form of community. I took the iconology directly from the supreme part of the memorial which symbolizes liberation, depicting a powerful flow of figures emerging from violence and terror, and breaking free from oppression. A prominent feature is the clenched fists crowning the composition, so I focused on this gesture and developed it further.
I chose to use human hair in this project, but is not a unique idea – it was my favorite material for many years. I favor it for it`s ambiguity, both good and bad connotations and direct connection to the human body. Working with human hair form a particular location gives me a visceral connection to the community. In human hair I see our connection to ancestors, and infinite cycle of growth. The unified costumes we are wearing as a group were selected as anonymous uniform of people all over the world – the track suit, the gray color also plays with the color of the concrete in 9th forth (there are two versions, one with the memorial – sign of the resistance – and without.) The children in the group symbolize hope and the “here and now” situation. Children that don’t belong to anyone, that appear and vanish, that are maybe a gift, maybe a misfortune for the planet, but definitely sign of human resilience to get up and look ahead despite all the misfortunes.
Moments of the creative process, photos by J. Stonkus and E. Pietarytė, 2021.
Results of artistic residency. Photographers: R. Pranskevičiūtė (Kaunas IX Fort Museum) and R. Ardickas, video operator R. Ardickas, 2021.