Artist Anna Sarvira used her creativity to communicate to the world how she and her community feels about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. She is based in Kyiv. As of February 25, Anna made it out from Ukraine.
She expressed in an article from the Museum of Modern Art (2022) “the city feels tense and anxious,” Anna shared. “Maybe because of the conversations—people are talking about the survival kits, bombs, and Russian troops. Or maybe because of facial expressions—you can see the anxiety in people’s eyes. Or maybe because in the last few months there are fewer people in the streets and cars on the roads.” (MOMA, 2022)
Looking at conflict from different perspectives is a critical ingredient of art. We don't get to see it every day but there are always newfound ways of understanding because art is an outcome of what feels naturally right. Similarly, in times of war, being mindful of how we feel and our surroundings gives us solid ground why we need to support victims of conflict, and reason to believe that having the right frame of mind to exercise compassion becomes a moral obligation to achieve peace.
MOMA (2022). Drawn to MOMA: Anna Sarvira Draws Daily Life in Ukraine. Retrieved from https://www.moma.org/