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Natalia Grezina




Dordrechts Museum


The series “Spring” is my visual diary, which I’ve started shortly before Russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine in the late February 2022. I decided to turn to subjective documentation of historical events back in the spring of 2014 in connection with the annexation of Crimea, where I lived at that moment. Back then, this practice helped me not only to record my personal experiences, but also to bring the conversation about politics into the public area through street art. Eight years later, I turned to this method again in order to weave my personal testimony into the fabric of memory for further working with the overall trauma of witnessing. Being in the Netherlands, far away from the conflict, makes it possible to show the point of view of the observer, which constantly switches from views of war to views of peaceful life and back again. 

So the springtime birdsong and the air-raid alarm form the music of reality.

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