Early in the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 23rd, 2022, New York Magazine invited young Ukrainians — the first generation born after Ukraine won independence — to share their experiences in a kind of oral history. Sixteen Days in Ukraine offers remarkable view into the fierce realities of escalating war. On March 10th, Sana Shahmuradova, 25, a painter from Kyiv, wrote this:
As they were escaping Kyiv by car, my friends came and picked me up. I didn’t have much time to think, I just knew I had to get to my grandmother because she is all alone in the countryside. I left Kyiv with no materials but here at my grandmothers’ I recalled my old habit to sketch on wallpaper scraps. I found some old crayons and gouache that my younger brother left while visiting last summer. Couple days ago my grandma was peeling a boiled beet and I used some of it to paint a woman’s body.
The materials almost felt I wanted to draw again and appeared in front of me.
Wallpaper scraps and beet paint. In the midst of dire threat, fear, upheaval, art appeared.
View the whole remarkable article here. More of Sana Shahmuradova’s work here @nymag.