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THE HOLODOMOR MONUMENTAL TRIPTYCH BY NINA MARCHENKO

"Children of Holodomor", 1998-2000
oil on canvas, 182x254
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"The Last Road", 1998-2000
oil on canvas, 135x254
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"The Road of Sorrow", 1998-200
oil on canvas, 182x254

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THE HOLODOMOR MONUMENTAL TRIPTYCH BY NINA MARCHENKO
Nina Marchenko,
Honored Artist of Ukraine, with her painting at the exhibition "Holodomor Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists" Kyiv, Ukraine
(November 2008)


Two other monumental paintings by Ukrainian artist Nina Marchenko

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Signing up to Kolhosp
(collective farm)
1985, 179x239, oil on canvas
Mother of 33
2000, 180x220, oil on canvas

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Wooden Crosses...

The paintings by Kyiv artist Nina Marchenko are created by her soul. A lot of them are dedicated to the tragic pages of our history:
Holodomor of 1932-1933 and World War II.
Nina was only one year old when the World War II started. But the stories of her father who was a military cameraman, her grandmother
who survived the blockade in Leningrad, her mother who stayed alone with her little baby - all this was imprinted deeply in Nina's memory.
Later she would use it while working on her paintings.
Talking about Holodomor Nina closes her eyes, her voice is sad. Answering my question why she touched this horrible subject, what she was
feeling, the artist started telling how much pain it was accumulated in her soul, how much she wanted (and it was so hard!) to splash it out
onto the canvas. She painted all three paintings at the same time. It took her more than two years to finish the triptych.
Though the artist was born in Leningrad and lives in Kyiv, she feels her best in the village. For many years she has had a house in Poltava
area where she usually lives in summer. Nina likes to communicate with her neighbours who are mainly old people. Among them Baba
(grandma) Frosia who survived Holodomor. For Nina Baba Frosia is an example of a wise Ukrainian woman who endured unbeleivable
sufferings but did not give up. It was Baba Frosia's stories that inspired the artist to create her Holodomor triptych.
Nina says that her heart is sinking when she looks at the old huts under the straw roof with wooden crosses in the yard. "That's how they
burried those who died during Holodomor, just next to their houses", explaines Baba Frosia. She keeps telling about horrible everyday life in
her childhood: how they were digging out frozen potato, or picking up wheat-ears in the fields and hiding them from the guards, or eating
cattle meal. Just to be able to survive...
Baba Frosia still keeps vyshyvanka (embroidered shirt) and rushnyky (embroidered towels) which she managed to save during the period of
Stalin. Even to keep them at home was dangerous, as it was labeled "nationalism". For this "crime" people could be sent to concentration
camps or even to be shot. Baba Frosia also keeps some old kitchen equipment, and Nina used them for her paintings. That's why Ukrainian
village and people in her Holodomor tryptich look so realistic and sincere.
The Holodomor paintings by Nina Marchenko were on display at the exhibition "Holodomor Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists".
People who came to the exhibition were deeply impressed and their eyes were filled with tears...

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Prints of the paintings are available.
Please check HOLODOMOR exhibition materials: http://artukraine.com/index.php?newsid=147


August 11, 2007

 
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