I cannot create ordinary drawings now, they must carry a message – said the Ukrainian cartoonist Maksym Palenko, the author of numerous anti-war works. He estimated that what he creates “will be seen by other people in different countries.” – So there is a certain responsibility on my shoulders that I also have to show people around the world what Ukrainians are feeling now, what they are going through – added the artist.
Ukrainian cartoonist Maksym Palenko spoke on TVN24 BiS about what the war looks like Russia through the eyes of artists. In his anti-war works, he illustrates the emotions associated with the invasion. One of his graphics refers to Saturday attack on the Dnieperwhere dozens of people, including children, were killed in the shelling of the block.
Palenko said that he currently lives partly in the Dnieper and in Lviv. – On the other hand, Dnieper is my hometown. It’s a personal tragedy for me,” he said.
“I have to show what’s going on. An artist has responsibilities”
– I can’t create ordinary drawings now, they must carry a message at the moment – said the artist. “Now, when I draw or paint something, I have to think about what effect it will have on people who will watch it,” he explained.
“I can’t say I’m in too much pain. I just need to show what’s going on. An artist just like everyone else in the world Ukrainehas responsibilities. We are all working (…) for the victory – he added.
As noted by Palenko, the internet gives people all over the world access to a variety of content. – What I do now will be seen by other people in different countries. So there is a certain responsibility on my shoulders that I also have to show people around the world what Ukrainians feel now, what they are going through. I have to show this information to the whole world – assessed the cartoonist.
“I have to focus on our fight, our pain, our pursuit of victory,” he added.
Main photo source: Maxim Palenko