Weekend Passport: Art Exhibit Tackles Putin, Oppression, And War
The detritus of war, shrapnel, shell casings, barbed wire, and bombs, don’t exactly evoke beauty. But for two Ukrainian artists, they have what it takes to be art. In a new exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green have installed what they call the “Five Elements of War.” It’s a multisensory exhibit that uses light, sound, and artifacts from the war in Eastern Ukraine to discuss the relationship between the oppressor and the oppressed, materialism, voyeurism, propaganda, and personality. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a larger-than-life portrait of Vladimir Putin made out of bullet casings charred in different shades from the ground war in Ukraine. Global Citizen, Nari Safavi, joins the artists to discuss the exhibit and some other global events to check out this weekend.