Frontline Art: Hope amid destruction and death

11:23 Oct. 17, 2016

Hope amid destruction and death

Frontline art (Photo by Anton Kuleba/ Geo Leros/Facebook)

New mural in Ukraine's frontline town purports to attract attention to human suffering in country's war-ravaged east

Australian artist Guido van Helten has spent two days in Ukraine's frontline town of Avdiivka - a place he has chosen to create his new mural.

His new artwork is a portrait of a local woman named Marina Marchenko. She works as a teacher of Ukrainian in a local school. Her husband was severely wounded when a shell landed just 20 meters away from the apartment building now decorated with her portrait.

The building faces the front lines and bears many scars of war.

The fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops, which claimed almost 10, 000 lives since 2014, still takes place in the town.

More than 100 artillery attacks took place in the area during 2 days of van Helten's work.

The artist says he did not intend to send some political message, he just wanted to attract attention to the human suffering in the war-torn eastern Ukraine.

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