In Zaporozhye, as "Industrialka" wrote, they brought the famous exhibition of paintings about the events of the Maidan "Wall" by the famous Ukrainian artist Matvey Weisberg. The artist is a participant of the Maidan, spent 90 days there. The "Wall" cycle has become a real resonant event in Ukraine and the world. It consists of 28 paintings, which form a single block - a wall. But at the same time, each is a full-fledged work of art.
The Wall was shown in different cities of Ukraine. And also in London, Warsaw, Tbilisi, partially - in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin. The paintings have recently returned from Lithuania, where they were displayed in Šiauliai and Vilnius. (In Lithuania, the artist failed to present exhibitions due to quarantine). Read more about the exhibition here.
Industrialka talked to Matvey Weisberg not only about the Wall.
-Matvey, what are you working on now?
-The last thing I did was winter landscapes, such an allusion to Bruegel. I don't always make such "stormy" pictures as "The Wall". I have a lot of topics that arise on their own. Specially to sit and think what you are going to do in a month is very rare. Because in a month life can turn abruptly and show you other things that you want or don't want to draw. This is the great happiness of the work I do - a certain unpredictability. Once I said that if I knew what I was going to do in a month, I would stop drawing altogether, it’s not interesting.
And the "Wall" series also arose spontaneously, out of events. I always said that I did it because I could not help but do it, but it would be better if it hadn't happened. This is not PR on blood. When I started to paint, I was not thinking about exhibitions, but about what article they would give me for it according to the laws on January 16. And according to them, they were all terrorists. I received messages on my phone that you are in a terrorist zone. All of them received and were violators. Of course, now these laws do not exist, they were canceled immediately when Yanukovych fled. But I started painting when they were there. He painted "The Wall" from January 28 to March 8, 2014.
- Have you photographed what is happening on the Maidan for future pictures?
-Yes, on the phone and on a small camera. Because you won't walk around with a notebook and make sketches. When I photographed, I already knew what I would have and why I was doing it. The main thing is that I understood the form, the matrix in which I will do this, that it will not be one big work, but a series of episodes - "The Wall".
Are there specific events on the Wall?
Few empathetic people, especially women, can safely walk past a beautiful and unusual flower. You will definitely want to take a closer look at it, take a picture, and maybe even touch and smell it ...
I also love beautiful flowers, even though a man) There is something attractive in them at the subconscious level ...
In India and Turkey, Greece and Italy, South China, Crimea and Transcaucasia of Russia, Sri Lanka (and in other countries) there is a well-known flower about which legends are made.
When I learned about the legends about the oleander, I was amazed at their diversity and sublimity. And this despite the fact that the plant itself is very poisonous. Consequences from careless handling: cardiac arrest or blindness.
And all the less it is clear why it should be grown at home (more on this at the end of the article) ...
Oleander has been mentioned in sources for a very long time. Time of writing approximately in 500 BC. The sage Viaza mentions him in an Indian poem. Has the name "Mahabharata", which means "The Great War of the Descendants of Bharata." The flowers are adorable and have a delicate aroma. The stories about him are unusual.
The name comes from the nymphs (nereids) who lived in the sea during the time of the ancient Greeks. The Greek word for oleander is Nerium. The Nereids are the daughters of Doris and the sea god Nereus.
These are rather timid, good-natured creatures. They hid from people in the thickets of a special plant, which was called "nerium" and grew along the banks of the rivers. It was difficult and life-threatening to search for Nereids there.
In very distant and ancient times, a volcano woke up in the Mediterranean. People and all living creatures fled from rockfall and hot lava by flight. On the way, they had a very large lake.
The young boy Oleander, the son of the gods, decided to drink this lake. He wanted to save people. From the water he had drunk, he became very heavy and could no longer budge and died.
After that, in memory of the feat, people named a beautiful shrub that grew on the sea coast and near the water in river valleys.