More than 200 years after Francisco Goya commemorated Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies in “The Third of May 1808”, his groundbreaking work on the horrors of war, Ukrainian painters, illustrators and cartoonists are trying to find an artistic expression as Russian bombs fall on their country.

Daryna Momot, 28, is an art expert and co-founder of Cittart, a Ukrainian organisation that helps fund and find shelter and resources for artists. She is trying to promote the country’s painters, cartoonists and illustrators around the world, and has launched an app where people can buy the work of a Ukrainian artist with one click. Twenty percent of each sale goes to humanitarian relief efforts.

“Art helps us realise what we are going through,” she said. “Art captures people’s experiences … This is important for the preservation of memory and its transmission through generations in its true form, as art is much more difficult to manipulate than to rewrite history.” …

… “Malevich, Burlyuk, Sonya Delone, even the Kharkiv School of Photography are mistakenly considered ‘Russian’,” Mamot said. “Ukrainian art is not known in the world and is associated with Russia.

“Ukrainian artists are finally able to speak to the world for the whole nation and create values that will be passed down for many years to come. The horrific events that Ukrainians have encountered, through art, are now taking shape.”

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