Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This is Quite Amazing, so Enjoy it when you have the time to view it !!‏

The video shows the winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24,
drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how
ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II.
Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to
tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

 She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a
bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is

It is replaced by a woman's face crying, but then a baby arrives and the
woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand
into chaos from which a young woman's face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the
image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking
out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing
outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four
of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a
population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or
paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me... The art, especially
when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience
members to tears. And there's surely no bigger compliment."

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