Sasha Anisimova’s illustrations depict war

illustration by sasha anisimova

Via Instagram @ klaptyk.ua

There are those who watch television while sitting comfortably in an armchair, those who engage in gymnastic twists and yoga poses, and those who, more busy, work behind a computer screen. With a still image frozen in time, where fast graphic lines draw bodies and objects from everyday life,The Ukrainian illustrator Sasha Anisimova brings back to normal with pencil in one of the many palaces in Kharkiv affected and destroyed by the conflict armed wanted by Putin. When one returns to life before the war, or imagines a new one, as soon as the attack has ceased, the images reworked by the young graphic artist do not betray the catastrophic and inhuman effects of the bombings. His speech, a touch of unexpected routine, therefore seems to sweeten the destruction, despite the fact that life seems so foreign to you.

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“I miss our normal lives. And I draw the everyday we want back,” Anisimova explains to Euronews. “One of my intentions was to show how real a situation everything is. Many people see these images of ruined buildings and think they are fictitious buildings or ancient architecture. “To help his country, the artist then launched an Instagram account, @ klaptyk.ua, through which he could sell t-shirts, tote bags and creativity works to support the victims and the locals.

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“My illustration Stolen lives shows how quiet she was our lives before the war started. The building in this photograph is located not far from my house – on the street I walked every day “, she explains during one of her projects. Engaged to the first person on a walk with her dog, the designer then goes back to the streets and places. She lived until just before the invasion alarms rang throughout the city.

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“That’s how my dog ​​and I went when we visited my sister,” he explains in another post. “A little further on is her house. There is a small apartment which also houses her husband, my favorite nephew, my dog, a cat and a giant aquarium. All this in just 33 square meters. Sometimes I went there when I did not want to go home or was just very upset. I do not know if there is a place I love more, probably just my home, but I’m not sure. I also love my sister, probably more than anything else in the world, and I would love to go back there to have a glass of wine and watch silly shows. ”

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Waiting to see the squares and corners of home life come alive again, Sasha Anisimova’s work – also selected for the cover of the special HOPE ISSUE by Elle Ukraine – so it tells contrasting face of Kharkiv: if the desperation and the tragically damaged condition of the buildings deter, the strength, hope and unbreakability of its citizens are encouraging, which opens opportunity for a close return to life.

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