This collage is part of a set of 4 which are my most personal works.
Worked into the collage is a picture of my mother and brother…..Palach’s sacrifice affected us all.
Jan Palach was transformed from man to corpse to hero to myth, and in the process he transformed us.
Jan Palach, a student of Prague`s Charles University, who burnt himself to death on January 16, 1969, in protest against the Soviet invasion and the cowardice of the communist authorities and the government, who legalised the invasion with all its implications. Palach`s death shocked the nation and although it was already too late to change anything, it once again raised people`s anger against the betrayal by the authorities and made many realise the indestructible value of truth and freedom.
Between January and April 1969, 26 people set themselves on fire; seven of them died. ….. the memory of those who decided to put their death in the service of truth, guided many Czechs through the hopeless decades of the communist dictatorship. Their selfless act shaped the Czech conscience during the twenty year period between 1969 and 1989, and changed it forever. Without them, there would almost certainly be no velvet revolution, and the events would have taken a completely different course. Let`s make sure we are always worthy of this great sacrifice.
This information is taken from the Palach Memorial Pages