Artists Commemorate Ukrainian Revolution in Exhibition

Artist Maksym Vegera painting protesters confronting riot police in Kiev, January 25, 2014. Photo: courtesy Agence France-Presse.

Artists in the Ukraine have opened an exhibition showcasing artifacts from and artworks based on the recent Ukrainian revolution, according to the Daily Beast. In addition to paintings inspired by the fighting, many artists contributed personal remembrances of the struggle: bullet-proof vests, shields, grenades, and barricade remnants.

More than 100 lives were lost during the conflict, which deposed the administration of unpopular president Viktor Yanukovych.

The country’s Crimean peninsula, which seceded to Russia last month, is also drawing on recent political events for an art exhibition (see report from artnet News).

The upheaval in the region has also inspired artists abroad, as Crimea’s new chief prosecutor, an attractive young blonde woman named Natalia Poklonskaya, has inspired a slew of anime-style drawings and cartoons in Japan, where she is known as the “prosecutie.”

The Fire of Love. Devoted to the Maidan,” is currently on view at Kiev’s M17 gallery.

Anime fan art of Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.

Anime fan art of Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.

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