The Sardonic Protest Art of the Ukrainian Revolution

The media and medical reports aren't the only documentations of the revolutionary events in Ukraine these past four months. Local artists, both professional and amateur, have also been trying to capture, react to, and sometimes even influence the...

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Mar 5 2014, 9:15pm

The media and medical reports aren't the only documentations of the revolutionary events in Ukraine these past four months. Local visual artists, both professional and amateur, have also been trying to capture, react to, and sometimes even influence the sudden social and political shifts they have witnessed and are still witnessing in their country. This has led to a wave of political cartoons, graffiti, stencils, and artworks in any other medium you can think of that can prove resistant to freezing temperatures.

Amid the chaos, there have even been street exhibitions, the most recent having taken place in the protest hub of Kiev's Independence Square—also known as the Maidan—and riot hotspot Hrushevskoho Street. Generaly speaking, you could find the drawings anywhere and everywhere—in the tents of activists, on the walls of nearby buildings, even on the city's Christmas tree. Almost as a rule, their subject is the AWOL (and perhaps former) president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

For the past few months I have been traveling to and from Kiev, reporting on the situation. It is during that time that I have assembled these photos of Ukrainian protest art.

See more of Sergei's work here.

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