Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Story of War

This is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen-- please take the time to watch. Odd to post this at Christmas time I know... But I think you will enjoy it.

This video shows the winner of 2009's " Ukraine's Got Talent",
Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated
sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German
invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange
one, is mesmeric to watch.
The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the
audience to tears and she won the top prize of about $75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding
hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the
happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman's face crying, but then a baby arrives
and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova
throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman's face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad,
before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer
is looking out on the monument from within a house..

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man
standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted
in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million
deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says:

"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and
pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The
art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings
some audience members to tears. And there's surely no bigger