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Generational Dynamics Web Log for 29-Sep-2009
An amazing video of Ukrainian sand artist, Kseniya Simonova

Web Log - September, 2009

An amazing video of Ukrainian sand artist, Kseniya Simonova

The winner of Ukraine's Got Talent competition brings people to tears.

Kseniya Simonova used a light-box filled with sand to depict Ukraine's experiences in World War II.

Quite possibly, Ukraine suffered more in World War II than any other nation. The Nazi invasion killed one in four Ukrainians, and that was after millions had been killed by Russian dictator Josef Stalin.

In one of the most amazing displays of pure talent that I've ever seen, Kseniya Simonova won the Ukraine's Got Talent competition on September 24 by portraying the Nazi invasion of Ukraine in 1941. "The opening scene shows a couple sitting on a bench under a starry sky. Warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated to be replaced by crying faces. Then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again, but war and chaos return and a young woman becomes an old widow, before the image turns into an obelisk the Ukrainian monument to its Unknown Soldier."

Here's the video:

Incidentally, I believe that's Jacques Brel singing about halfway through.

(Comments: For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the Russia thread of the Generational Dynamics forum.) (29-Sep-2009) Permanent Link
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