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Euromaidan Art: Portraits From The Barricades
January 29, 2014 10:35 GMT
Illustrator Oleksandr Kom'yakhov and journalist Andriy Pryimachenko have joined forces to produce portraits of Ukraine's Euromaidan protesters.
After the government equated protesters with terrorists, the pair set out to create their own "terrorist" portraits. Here, a woman carries medical supplies to Independence Square; a prosperous Lexus owner contributes tires and gasoline to the barricades; and a handicapped man with no helmet or protection spends a night standing with the protesters amid violent clashes with police.
A "terrorist in love" carries a bag to the barricades after tenderly holding hands with his girlfriend on the subway; "Auntie Valya" returns to the square a day after being shot by a rubber bullet, only to be beaten by riot police; a young man nicknamed the "mason" loosens cobblestones for protesters to throw while thanking "Omelya" -- former Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, who paved the city in cobblestones produced by a firm belonging to his son.
A musician stops to shovel snow onto the barricades while passing by the square; a priest solemnly prays for God to have mercy on the protesters; and a teenage girl, bundled against the cold, expresses amazement as she gazes at the protests.
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