Collaboration with Dieter Prössler. Installation. Mixed media. Metal, glass, concrete, LED light.
All my friends know that I’m Ukrainian and that there’s a very heavy war ongoing in Ukraine. This artwork is related to it, but it goes further. In Belgium I’ve found the most passionate place – The Wine Center. The people behind it are Iranians. This artwork is related to them too. It’s confusing because russia is shooting Ukraine with Iranian Kamikaze drones. But still…
The Christmas tree made from concrete and broken wine bottles, carries a deeply personal and powerful message. It represents the weight of the emotions and struggles of Ukrainians and Iranians fighting for their freedom and democracy. Ukrainians – against aggressive neighbour and Iranians – against oppressive government. The tree, which weighs as much as the average human, stands as a symbol of strength and resilience in the face of adversity.
This year, we have become stronger and more determined to stand up for what we believe in, even if it means enduring pain and loss. We are like walls; heavy, strong concrete walls that will stand until the end, even if we are hurt, and our hearts are bleeding.
Now we truly realize how precious our Christmas time with family and friends is.