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“We are fighting for our culture” Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov presents his “Fountain of Exhaustion” at Venice Biennale

“We are fighting for our culture” Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov presents his “Fountain of Exhaustion” at Venice Biennale

Pavlo Makov’s work is called Fountain of Exhaustion — a pyramid of 78 bronze funnels set in tiers, through which water flows. The original idea came in 1995, when, owing to serious floods, the city of Kharkiv lost its water supply for several weeks, Guardian reported.

Pavlo Makov was reluctant to leave Kharkiv, but after sleeping in a bomb shelter for a week, he decided he had to represent Ukraine. “I felt myself not so much an artist or a person as a citizen of Ukraine. I felt that Ukraine should be represented”, he said. “Russia’s idea is to eliminate Ukraine and to eliminate Ukrainian culture. If it has no culture, Ukraine does not exist.”

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