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06 July 2018
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Through the art, one should raise important questions, talk about the urgent problems of society. The participant of the “Silver Easel” contest Serhii Korabelnikov knows it very well, and therefore he tells about the infringement of people’s rights and freedoms with help of his works.

For several months, a talented artist along with his friend was creating a series of portraits of the Kremlin’s political prisoners. The idea of the project belongs to the Crimean Tatar woman, whose name cannot be called for obvious reasons. 

“Mostly there are Crimean Tatars unfairly accused and condemned,” Serhii Korabelnikov says. “It often happens for religious reasons, as Russia has been extremely oppressing the Muslims after the seizure of the Crimea. In addition, a lot of people have been accused of their pro-Ukrainian views and non-recognition of the annexation. A lot of the Crimean people are constantly searched, sometimes even several times a month. There are cases of leaving something forbidden, and then arresting. Someone is imprisoned in the Crimea, and someone is taken far to Russia.”

As part of the project, two artists have already created more than 70 portraits. They are drawing in pencil in the style of hyperrealism – the works are like photos.

In particular, the portraits depict the most famous political prisoners of the Kremlin Oleh Sentsov, Pavlo Hryb, Emir-Usein Kuku, Ruslan Zeltullaiev, Mykola Semen and many others, as well as those already released from the Russian prisons, Akhtem Cheihoz and Ilmi Umerov.

Serhii draws attention to this issue not without reason, after all, he is from the Crimea. “Of course, this topic is not indifferent to me. As these are my fellow countrymen whose rights and freedoms are violated. It cannot be in the civilized world,” a young artist says.

Text: Kseniia Shokina

Photos provided by Serhii Korabelnikov

© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

 

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