Ukraine ‘Artwork Weapon’ present attracts crowds in Berlin


By James Imam

BERLIN (Reuters) – In a transformed former mint in Berlin on Saturday, crowds danced in a blaze of strobe gentle as a rapper hollered Ukrainian lyrics to punchy beats.

In different elements of the advanced, revellers checked out painted bullet-proof vests hanging from the ceiling and queued for plates of Ukrainian dumplings and borsch served by ladies with blue and yellow ribbons weaved into their hair.

The ‘Artwork Weapon’ occasion – which opened at Berlin’s sprawling Alte Muenze advanced on Saturday – additionally featured reside portray by Ukrainian artists, Ukrainian-language theatre and the prospect to sit down for a Ukrainian tattoo artist.

Working continuous until Sunday morning, the marathon occasion bought greater than 1,000 tickets two hours after opening, its organisers stated. It is purpose – to indicate that Ukrainian modern tradition has been flourishing for the reason that begin of the battle.

“The battle boosted our artists and they’re now super-passionate about what they’re doing and perceive their mission,” stated Harry Pledov, the Kyiv-based organiser.

Pledov organised a number of festivals in Ukraine earlier than the battle and has held two such occasions within the nation since Russia launched what it calls its “particular navy operation”. However curfews and blackouts in Ukraine made it more and more tough to proceed.

He determined to use for funding by a German organisation supporting cultural initiatives, permitting him to organise “Artwork Weapon” in Berlin.

In a single room on the Alte Muenze, artist Vitalii Shupliak defined the that means behind a piece comprising two prints displaying buttered bread with nails poking by the floor. The pictures are mounted on separate stacks of cages.

Studying “Famine comes with the only of a Russian soldier,” the work represents each the impoverishment of Ukraine and the indifferent soles of Soviet-era navy boots, Shupliak stated.

“The invasion has positively modified artwork in Ukraine,” he added. “It has pressured us to replicate on our identities.”

(Reporting by James Imam; Enhancing by Miranda Murray and Andrew Heavens)