Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

A Story Told With Sand

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Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. This is the most unique piece of performance art I’ve ever seen.

Comments

  1. #1 Tabor
    June 14, 2010

    Sand painting is a stunning skill. It reminds me of those South American political painters…but it is like you are watching a documentary.

  2. #2 Chris
    June 14, 2010

    Amazing. I don’t know the story at all, can’t understand the words in the music, and I was getting goosebumps watching some of that. I love art that needs no explanation to move you.

    Side note: It sounded to me like the violin work at the end was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters

  3. #3 Moose
    June 14, 2010

    Absolutely stunning, the message is conveyed so powerfully – I can’t imagine how long it must have taken her to perfect this art.

    #2: You’re right about the song – it’s a cover version by the ‘cello metal band Apolcalyptica.

  4. #4 Murray
    June 14, 2010

    Incredible! Have seen sand sculptures but never sand painting–it really is an art.

  5. #5 Mx
    June 15, 2010

    She is very talented but as she decided to use political theme, the Great Famine, caused by the Russia communists would be more appropriate to use instead of invasion of Germany. Russian communists killed painfully 20 million Ukrainians with famine but current Government in Russia tries to cover up all the crimes Russia has performed during and before the II WW by the sick promotion of II WW and impose of their “heroic” victory over the Germany while actually killing and raping innocent people and occupying many countries.

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