This colorful mural is created by Ukrainian artist Dima FATUM and organised by ArtUnitedUS is a surreal picture-story about historical and contemporary context of the Kharkov Residential Area, one of the largest “sleeping” (residential) areas of the city of Kiev. This work is curated by Geo Leros and Iryna Kanishcheva.
About the Mural
The composition is filled with many characters, including a variety of Ukrainian traditional characters, each of which illustrates an era of the Russian aristocracy.
Among others we find the face of Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator. We also find petroglyphs and a series of creatures, including trees that seem to look like Boyars, members of the highest rank of the feudal Bulgarian, Moscovian, Ruthenian (Ukraine and Belarus), Wallachian, and Moldavian aristocracies. The result is a colorful, and interesting fairytale that invites us to reflect on its meaning and relevance.
About the Artist
Dima FATUM aka Dmytryi is a street artist and activist from Kiev (Ukraine). His works are characterized by unique experiments with different artistic styles, genres and surrealism. He began his creative career in 2000 as a graffiti writer and together, with his friends, they formed the “FAT315” crew.
Having practiced his art on the street for ten years, he began exhibiting his works in the galleries. And Presently his works are exhibited in Pinchuk Art Centre, Lavra Gallery, “Casus Pacis” project in in “Museum of street art” in Saint-Petersburg, among many others.
About the Project
ArtUnitedUs is an international project that collaborates through artistic and creative mediums with communities to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence. The project started in Kiev, Ukraine in the beginning of the year, is planning to complete 200 walls during the next 2 years through out the world and without boundaries.