Thursday, January 14, 2010


Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who creates sand drawings in front of audiences. Here she is performing on Ukraine’s Got Talent:

Here, she recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman’s face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes – with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene “you are always near”.

The text was taken from
Thanks to George for tweeting about this video!

Questions for students:

1) What is the message the artist wants to send, in your opinion? Read the above text before answering. (Remember to double-click on unknown words to get their definition.)

2) How does this video make you feel about war in general?

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