World War II Relived through Sand Painting

How did the artist Kseniya Simono­va win the Ukrain­ian ver­sion of Britain’s Got Tal­ent? By using the art of sand paint­ing to recount the sto­ry of Ger­many’s inva­sion of Ukraine in 1941. Life was some­what ordi­nary, then it all fell apart. And, by the war’s end, an esti­mat­ed 10 mil­lion Ukraini­ans were left dead. It’s a dif­fi­cult sto­ry to tell. And I’m refer­ring not just to the sto­ry’s con­tent, but to the actu­al medi­um too. Thanks Steve for the heads up on this one.

For more sand paint­ing, check out the work of Ilana Yahav.

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