Siberia Souls

Audrius Plioplys's avatar Audrius Plioplys

Refugees. War. Innocent victims. A massive refugee migration is currently taking place. 70 years ago my parents were in a similar migration. They fled Lithuania--those who could not, faced death (4 of my relatives), or deportation to Siberia (as did 8). I commemorated these victims in the successful Hope and Spirit museum program. Due to my efforts over 400 letters and photographs sent from Siberia were found and the tragic family stories revealed. These letters and photographs, primarily by children, appear in the LED light sculptures. Images include neuronal profiles, intertwined with my own MRI brain scans and EEGs. It is these neuronal networks that store our memories. In these sculptures I am remembering innocent victims, and giving them a degree of immortality. 6 months ago the Chicago Tribune selected Siberia Souls as their art exhibit Pick of the Week. Siberia Souls is visually engaging, but it also touches one of the most important human issues: cruelty to one another.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: wall-hung LED light sculptures
  • Width: 12 to 25 feet, variable
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 51 inches