In Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, in a fictional dialogue between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, the emperor asks the traveller to describe the cities he has visited. Because the two men initially don't speak the same language, Marco Polo communicates using signs and objects, which the emperor has to interpret. While the descriptions of different cities are quite fantastical, they eventually lead to the description of Polo's own native city, Venice. Perhaps we too, interpret the places we inhabit according to our own experiences and signs. I grew up in Prague and later moved to Toronto. These two cities, very unlike each other, create my internal dialogue about identity, community, language, and aesthetics. My work illustrates this duality by layering imprints of both cities as they are layered in my psyche.
Each of my works features images from both cities but unlike the online version, in reality, each is three-dimensional with the "Chimera" floating over the main image
CHIMERAS/ PRAHA x TORONTO

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