World-famous artist Maryna Abramovich presented in Babyn Yar installation «Crystal Wailing Wall», dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the tragedy. This was reported by the website of the Babin Yar Memorial Center.
The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial is a project needed now, in our time. The younger generation is losing touch with the memory of the past. The younger generation does not have the memories that my generation has. We need to think about a project that works with performative I want the audience to interact. I want the audience to experience emotions. I want the younger generation to adjust and reconnect with the past and see it, and experience not just the past but also the future, «the statement said. Abramovich's video comments on the memorial's website.
The Crystal Wailing Wall, which is 40 meters long and 3 meters high, has become one of the largest art objects in Europe built in the last decade. Ukrainian anthracite coal and quartz crystals from Brazil were used to create the installation. At the same time, up to 40 people can be present at the facility.
During the official opening ceremony on October 6, the presidents of Ukraine, Israel and Germany, Volodymyr Zelensky, Yitzhak Herzog and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, made speeches.
The installation was commissioned by the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, a private project.
Marina Abramovich was born in 1946 in Belgrade. The Serbian artist gained popularity thanks to the performances «The Artist is Present», «Relationships in Space». For her work «Energy of Peace» Abramovich received the «Golden Lion» at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997. Member of the feminist art movement. In his works he explores the relationship between the artist and the public, the boundaries of the body and the possibilities of the mind.