Голубь мира над Киевом
Just a few days ago I came across a blog post and the blogger wrote that there was an initiative: Artists to paint on the subject of the Ukraine war. It is mainly sunflowers that stand as a symbol, she wrote.
Now, I think the idea is basically a good one, but I’m not the type “so and now let’s all paint a sunflower – or Snow White”. But artists should always take a stand against barbarism. When reflecting on the subject, all sorts of stereotypes naturally came to mind first, and the dove of peace is one of them. On the one hand too banal, but it still had a great appeal and that’s how this work came about. I’m quite happy with it myself, but maybe it’s too abstract or too disturbing for some. One has to take a closer look.
The picture stands on its own and the title underscores the theme: ” Голубь мира над Киевом”. (Peace Dove over Kyiv). I still have to work on the text. It shouldn’t appear too striking, but should still be dominant. Better to take a break before I fix that.
And perhaps I should explain a few elements (the spherical parts) in more detail.
In the late 1980s, I took on a project to be carried out for the Soviet news agency Tass. Don’t worry, nothing illegal or morally reprehensible. A few trips with highlights such as North Korea or Nicaragua were associated with it. One of these trips also took me to Afghanistan, which was then still at war with the Soviets. (The whole thing has been an incredibly exciting and thrilling action and if it’s in your interest, I’m happy to come up with a few purrs).
So when I looked out of the window in Kabul at night, it looked like New Year’s Eve with a sky full of bullets. But soon I relaxed: What was flying through the sky like fiery projectiles were harmless projectiles that planes fired at close range, intended to keep Stinger fire aimed at heat away from the planes.
PS: I added the story about Kabul HERE