When Art Mesmerizes and Moves

kseniyaIt’s rare that one stumbles upon a true work of art on the Internet. There’s the cute … the unusual … the funny … the bizarre … the clever. But it’s never mesmerizing art which moves people to tears.

This video of the 2009 winner of Ukraine’s “You Got Talent” show belongs in that final category.

The 24-year old artist, Kseniya Simonova, 24, draws a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. In Ukraine, the Second World War resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

From the description, you may think the work of art is a downer and a bit strange (using a sand table?!?!?) It’s not. The video stirs your heart and fascinates your mind.

Check it out.


  • Barb Says:
    5-13-2010 09:45:52

    Brilliant and amazing. Very timely too. Jersey has just celebrated Liberation Day on May 9th. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during WWII. The islanders were not liberated until 9 May 1945 — 10 months after the D-Day landings in Europe.

    A very moving performance by this artist, and a lovely change from the pop stars.

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