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Eternal Tears – The Chernobyl Disaster in Sand Animation


Numbers and facts are not enough to relay the full scope of the Chernobyl disaster that devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and still affects a lot of people in Ukraine and Belarus. It’s only through art that we’ll be able to feel some of the pain and suffering, the emotion or compassion needed to understand this dramatic story of humanity.
One artist that managed to tell this story is 24-year old Ukrainian artist Kseniya Simonova performing what is known as “sand animation.” Simonova uses a giant light box, dramatic music, her own imagination and “sand painting” skills. At 26 April 2011, Kseniya Simonova contributed a specially prepared animation at a memorial for Chernobyl in Rotterdam The Netherlands, marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. (

[Hat tip: Brian]

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  1. The folks that have been coming into this world for the past thirty years, are simply amazing.
    They are our future, and what this world needs.

  2. She is Very Talented. We are all where we are supposed to be. We need to make the most of the talents we have if this world is to be saved.

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