The Documentalist

Art as Memory

Posted in Uncategorized by Sarah on March 10, 2010

A colleague in Mexico who is a documentary film maker and human rights activist sent me the following YouTube of a performance in the Ukraine for a popular TV talent program.  It struck me that the artistry and the story the performance tells will resonate with many of you.

Enjoy!  –Sarah

Translated from the email I received in Spanish:

The name of the artist is Kseniya Simnonova, she is 24 years old, and in 2009 she won the Ukrainian version of Britain’s Got Talent. Using only a light box, sand and an excellent musical atmosphere in addition to all of her sensitivity and talent, she deeply moved her audience.  It appears that her work shook the gathering out of their customary superficiality.

What Kseniya represented was the history of the invasion and occupation of the Ukraine by the Germans during the Second World War, intensely expressing the pain, devastation and losses that the Ukrainian people experienced; the final phrase [that she writes across the images she creates] is blunt and means: always near…

It is said that Kseniya began creating sand drawings at the beach, and as can be seen here, has managed to develop an extraordinary capacity for narrating stories before which no one can remain indifferent.


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