Published On: Sun, Mar 4th, 2012

Kseniya Simonova – Eternal Tears

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Ukraine has started a construction operation to build new protective casing, or ‘a sarcophagus’, over the damaged reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In the early hours of 26 April 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station exploded. 26 Years later contamination is still a problem, however, and disputes continue about how many will eventually die as a result of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

With tragedies like this numbers and facts are not enough to relay the story that devastated the lives of hundreds of thousand 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.


Kseniya Simonova

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.


Eternal Tears - sand animation by Kseniya Simonova


Eternal Tears by Kseniya Simonova


Eternal Tears by Kseniya Simonova

The sand animation is dubbed ‘Eternal Tears’ and after watching this, you’ll understand why – I was completely dumbstruck and speechless. Amazing and breathtaking are words that just can’t accurately describe this performance.



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  5. Hi i am from Nepal the country of Himalayas, i am a documentary film maker, i really loved your art and the story. i would like to show this art here is Nepal too, if there is any possibility. i would like to have the story form my country. if this is possible, how can we do it? would you like to come here for the show.
    thanking you!

  6. Hi Gopal,

    Try to contact Kseniya via her Facebook account:

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