Konstnär på Flykt – intervju med Yuliia Vashchenko

Vi fick ära att träffa Yuliia Vashchenko – konstnär från Ukraina, Kharkiv region, som flydde från kriget. Yuliia berättar om sin konstresa, inspiration, och sin resa från kriget till Sverige.

Se hela intervjun här: https://youtu.be/hMO0h39PeYo

Hi Yuliia, So nice to meet you and thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Yuliia Vashchenko. I come from Ukraine, Kharkiv and I’m 19 years old.

I have been drawing for all my life. I started with drawing in school when I was eight years old, and then I studied it for ten years, then I entered into to Kharkiv National Academy of Design and Arts, and I studied for two years there untill now.

Can you tell us about your art/technique?

I paint with watercolor, acrylic, pastell.

I like to feel materials, but I am also a graphic designer and photographer so I can make logos, posters, etc.

I also do a lot of sketches and simple works because it helps me to relax. I like primitivism and bright colors. I like those feelings and emotions that I get when I draw.

Did you have any exhibitions recently?

I had exhibitions in Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Kiev, and my academy. And I also got there a lot of works about to support feminism and showing the danger of drugs.

What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am inspired by people, my emotions and what I see around. I don’t have an artists that I could be inspired by. It’s enough for me to see the world, and the movements, shapes, lines, light, colors.

Drawing is meditation for me. It helps me to remove all negative.

Can you tell us about your experience of the war and how you ended up in Sweden?

February I woke up 4 AM from terrible sound and I just realized that the war has started.

And my father, my grandmother and my friends stayed in Ukraine, and I am really worried about them, because all around them is destroyed, because they live near Kharkiv region in Izyum.

Unfortunately all my materials, paper, laptop, photoaparat remained in the Ukraine. So I haven’t been
drawing for some weeks, but then I got watercolor and I have a couple of drawings, but they’re really terrible and black, because these are my feelings.

I really remember that feeling when we just got bombed. I just thought it was fireworks, because some days ago it was fireworks, and I just woke up. I live with my friends and I just cried because the war has started. I realized the war has really started. And nobody from our house was sleeping.

I went to my grandmother to another city to Kharkiv region. It’s near Izyum. Izyum was bombed, and it’s destroyed now. It’s just the city name Izyum. It’s all. Nothing around. I was in that Kharkiv region for two weeks and I remember that very loud sound when they started to bomb us. Oh, it was really scary , and now I am scared of all fireworks. And I want to go back to tell you the truth, but I’m not sure that I have a future in Ukraine now because it’s all destroyed. The biggest problem is that my grandmother went to another city in Kharkiv region, and all around that city is bombed. All. And she is living without windows right now. It’s really cold now.

When I came here (to Sweden) I just cried for seven days because I can’t believe. And I can’t believe it even now that it has happened to Ukraine.

What is next for you?

I am not sure about my future because it’s really scary for me because my family is in danger. All around is destroyed, and my city is destroyed. And I try to think positive, but I see all negative, and I try to draw it on canvas.

Can you tell me about this picture?

It’s about strain and future, that we need to think more positive and we need to think about the future.

Thank you Yuliia for sharing your story with us. We wish you the best in these hard days, and hope your family and friends back in Ukraine are okay.

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