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Letter from Odessa

Will the January presidential elections see Ukraine swing towards the east or the west?

By Julian Evans   January 2010

Yulia Tymoshenko in an election poster, which reads: “Ukrainian breakthrough”

Xenia Simonova’s art is suspended between tragedy and lachrymosity in a peculiarly Ukrainian way. Last summer, the 24-year-old won Ukraine’s Got Talent with a haunting animation of her country’s wartime past. Using a table-sized lightbox dusted with volcanic sand, she sketched Chagall-like images—star-rippled skies, swaddled children—which morphed from love and hope to destruction and loss. Ti Vsegda Ryadom (You Are Always With Us) ends with a woman and her child separated from the ghost of her husband, reviving a devastation rarely depicted. From 1941-45 Ukraine accounted for nearly 20 per…

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