Artist uses destruction of Lenin statues to put focus on Ukraine

2015-11-10 21:02
The head of a statue of the late Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin. (AFP)

The head of a statue of the late Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin. (AFP)

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Düsseldorf - Sawn up, toppled, demolished: this has been the fate of monuments to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin across Ukraine of late, thanks to a recent law banning communist symbols.

Now a German-based artist wants to use that destruction to make others more aware of the simmering crisis in Ukraine.

The Düsseldorf-based artist, who goes by the name Aljoscha, collected the remains of the statues and, in some cases, statues that had been hidden away during a two-week trip to Ukraine in October. He's now using those for an installation that opens on Sunday in the western German city.

The wave of destruction was sparked by a controversial Ukrainian law that bans communist symbols in the former Soviet republic, according to comments from the Russian-Ukrainian artist on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old says he wants to highlight the "iconoclasm" that is taking place in Ukraine.

The country has been weakened by the conflict in its easternmost provinces, where Russian-speaking rebels are fighting the pro-European government in Kiev, and by Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Aljoscha says.

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