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"In this regard, I think it is necessary to take a long overdue decision - to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic without delay.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a nationally televised address in Moscow on February 21, 2022

WARNING!!! Back to "Barbarism" - "Tribal" Politics May Be the Ultimate Form of Social System (moving image) Shot in London (2022)

WARNING!!! (2022)

This project looks at the current situation of the Russian-Ukrainian war that has attracted much attention.

On February 21, 2022, Putin announced the recognition of the independent status of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic. Subsequently, on the 24th, a comprehensive military operation was carried out against Ukraine, and the support of the pro-Russian forces in the eastern region of Ukraine was obtained. If the Crimean War of 2014 was a geo-security war waged by Russia to defend against NATO's eastward expansion, today's Russian-Ukrainian war is more like a nationalist war within capitalism against the Anglo-Saxon-dominated Atlantic civilization in continental Europe.

From the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the time it attempted to join NATO in 2001, Russia has been in an awkward, non-socialist situation outside of capitalism. The lack of national institutions and national identity made Russia decide to change this situation through war even in the case of its weakened national strength. The pro-Russian and pro-Western national separatism in Ukraine during the war seemed to herald the rise of nationalist forces, and the international order established by global democratic politics was destroyed in this war.

Ethnic issues have always been an important factor affecting the unity and stability of a country.

The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 declared the end of the U.S.-Soviet hegemony, but Russia, which turned to capitalism, was still unable to get rid of the sanctions it suffered during the Cold War. Ethnic issues that have not been properly dealt with have also come to the fore in the former member states after the economy was devastated. Especially after NATO's decision to expand eastward, the decision to embrace the former members of the West not only lost Russia's huge strategic borders, but also suppressed the national image of Russia, which is dominated by Slavs.


Props made in London (2022)
Production method: clay coloring
Material: hard clay, non-woven fabric, acrylic

The 31 candles symbolize that it has been 31 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, thus expressing Ukraine's identity as a former Soviet Union. And its extinguished candle hints at Ukraine's independence and, later, cultural division.


Maps of Donetsk and Luhansk;Props made in London (2022)
Production method: clay coloring
Material: hard clay, non-woven fabric, acrylic

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