In the Got Talent Series, all parts of the globe have been put on watch in hopes of finding the most talented individuals, everywhere from China to America. In Ukraine’s Got Talent, 2009 winner Kseniya Simonova turns grains of sand into tears of a distant past.
Her story begins with an image of a couple peacefully sitting on the bench. It is quickly disrupted by the advent of World War II. The husband is sent off; a train signifies his departure, leaving his lover in shambles and a son. Bombs of sand invade a harmonious scene to show people in turmoil. A woman appears, ageing by the unset of war. Time passes. A child grows with the assistances of a father. But by the end of this story, the father returns to his anxious family. With such a emotional story fueled through drawbacks of war, it no wonder why members of the audience are brought to tears.
Kseniya Simonova masters fleeting art, art that causes us to stare in amazement only to vanish in mere minutes. Although the sand artist could duplicate this performance, her images will never be identical grain for grain. Sand animation eliminates the sense of permanence found hanging on museum walls. Aside from the art itself, Kseniya Simonova incorporates music to which her body synchronizes with. Every motion is executed with speed and grace, giving its observer all the more to rave over.
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