Friday, December 09, 2022

They erase a mural of the embrace between two soldiers from Ukraine and Russia in Australia

huge image of Hug between a Ukrainian and a Russian soldier a. inherent in Wall was in the Australian city of Melbourne Foggy It followed outrage from the Ukrainian community in Australia, including the ambassador and hundreds of users on the social network, who deemed it “offensive”. “I never intended to harm anyone, so I did and I stayed until 3 a.m. to paint on it,” said Australian artist Peter Seaton, known as CTO, author of this mural Hai, told the station on Monday. ABC public, referring to the image that this Monday is covered with a gray crust.

The mural called “Peace Before Peace”, which he created CTO After eight months of consultation with various members of the community, the thirty-foot outer wall of the city of Melbourne “focuses on” Peace settlement between Ukraine and Russia», according to the artist’s portal. But the representation of the embrace in the framework of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on February 24 of this year, a vigorous debate broke out on social networks around political correctness and human sensitivity and the arts. Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia, Vasil Myroshnichenko, said in a tweet on Saturday that the image is “totally offensive to all Ukrainians.” “The artist has no knowledge of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and it is disappointing to do it without consulting the Ukrainian community in Melbourne,” he said. Art4Ukraine Australia said it had asked Seaton to leave his project due to the “insensitive nature of the image” and its “inappropriate messaging”, The Age newspaper reported over the weekend.

For her part, University of Sydney sociologist Olga Boichak warned on Twitter on Saturday that the CTO’s work “invalidates the lived experiences of resistance” by warning that “false equivalence is dangerous”. The academic also noted that Russia has seen similar people in whom “victims and attackers” appear in “similar circumstances”. On the other hand, Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao created a caricature of the embrace of these two soldiers, in which the Russian is stabbed in the back for the Ukrainian, which was also shared on the social network. “I fixed the shameful and offensive mural in Melbourne with the true face of Russia’s brutality and war crimes since the invasion of Ukraine,” Badiucao tweeted. “What happened to freedom of expression? An artist will paint over a ‘totally offensive’ mural in Melbourne following the anger of the Ukrainian community,” said Greg Barnes, a lawyer and consultant in the campaign to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked on Twitter last night.

Seaton emphasized to ABC that although he knew “people can be offended because it is the nature of art” and assured that he did not intend to offend. The Melbourne artist, who has graffiti and street murals as one of his tourist attractions, admitted that his decision to remove it was probably due to pressure on social networks and insults and criticism. Seaton, which began promoting the work last week, was selling the work as non-fungible tokens, the proceeds of which were to be donated to the anti-war organization World Beyond War.

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