This clip is from a European show, a version of the “Got Talent” series popular in many countries now. This artist from the southern region of Ukraine took up artistic expression with the use of sand instead of a paintbrush. What became an original means of creation expanded into storytelling, and moving art as she moves from one scene to another.
In this clip, she tells the story of Nazi Germany’s invasion and destruction of the lives of ordinary people in World War II. Civilian losses were estimated in the three million range not even a decade after Stalin’s man made famine in Ukraine killed 7-10 million.
For this performance, Kseniya Simonova earned first prize of $70,000.
Related: Harvest of Sorrow, the definitive work by Robert Conquest on the Soviet man made famine to break resistance to his efforts to impose socialism on farmers.
Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev – the story of a famous soccer club and its game against a hand picked Nazi team during occupation. The book is a historical view on the severity the city suffered and the inspiration for the movie “Victory” starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pele.