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in Odessa, the art of resistance

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“I stood petrified at that café terrace. It was July 23. The Russians were bombarding Odessa. I did not understand where the shots were coming from or where they were going…” Young illustrator Daria Filippova, 25, who had fled to Moldova during the February 24 Russian aggression, returned to her hometown in the spring. She has lived and worked there ever since, to the rhythm of the sirens that warn of impending missile strikes every day. The city itself was rarely affected, but the presence of the front a hundred kilometers away, near Kherson, put heavy pressure on the inhabitants.

In Odessa, living despite the war

“The need to show that life goes on is immense, entrusts the artist with gentle gestures and a melancholy gaze. It’s not just about figuring out how to keep warm this winter, but about going out with friends, going to the theater…” And, for Daria, drawing of course. War has insinuated itself into all his art. Emblem of Ukraine as a pacifist acronym, homage to Belarusian railwaymen in solidarity with Ukrainians, barricade transformed into a scale judging Russia for its crimes… war is everywhere! And yet the flame that animates Daria and the artists of Odessa illuminates this city of art and culture with a powerful light, nourishing its inhabitants with a tenfold spirit of resistance.

“The war has imprinted itself on us”

In the sculpture workshop of the Grekov School, the oldest art school in Ukraine where Daria studied, the works

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