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A Masterpiece from Ukraine

January 20th, 2010

This is a remarkable video from the Ukraine that has been viewed over 11 million times on Youtube: coincidentally the number of deaths the Ukraine suffered (out of a population of 42 million) during WW II. It shows the winner of “Ukraine’s Got Talent”, Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on the theme of the invasion of Ukraine during the war on an illuminated sand table – beautiful and deeply moving.

3 Responses to “A Masterpiece from Ukraine”

  1. How extraordinary! There is something about the fact that the images are being painted in sand that makes it all the more poignant for me – the scenes emerge as if from nowhere and disappear as quickly and because of this have such impact – rather like memory. Something about the transience of it too makes it very moving and beautiful, particularly with regard to the subject matter.

    It’s an incredible art form because you see the process of destroying what has gone before to create something new out of it – the transience means that it’s the act of creating that becomes the focus not the finished piece. Amazing stuff!

  2. And even more, that destruction is part of the process of creation… I hope I’m not too far out in suggesting that theme is in there as well, that the destruction of the past can be used to help create Ukraine’s future. At the very least it’s an ineradicable part of it.

    This truly is a stunning work – thanks so much for sharing!

  3. This touched me to tears, even though I don’t understand the lyrics of the songs, nor have the details of their history. Art is truly expressive and touches the heart, in ways textbooks never could. Thank you.

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