Friday, August 14, 2009
The Sands of Time
One of the most remarkable examples of video footage has surfaced on YouTube, in the form of what might best be described as a cross pollination between performance art and avant-garde, but that doesn’t even describe it accurately.
In fact, there really isn’t a pure term to nail it down, other than an artist performing the act of creation.
Kseniya Simonova is the artist, and she recently claimed the winning spot on Ukraine’s own version of our popular, “America’s Got Talent” television show.
Simonova, who utilizes sand as her artistic medium, wowed and reduced her audience (as well as the show’s judges) to tears as she drew pictures with sand, telling the dramatic story of the invasion and occupation of Ukraine by the Nazis during World War II.
Her drawings, illuminated in a PowerPoint format and accompanied by dramatic music, reveal through morphing images, the horrors and losses suffered by the Ukrainian people.
It is estimated that between five to eight million Ukrainians perished during that dark period in history, and it is obvious that very few if any family histories were not touched by the devastation over 65 years ago.
See for yourself this remarkable and touching performance, which was signed at the end, not with her name, but with the simple phrase, “You are always near.”
In my humble opinion, this truly redefines the term “talent.”