Artūras Morozovas THE BIRTH OF KIKIMORA
The view of women weaving around a dim light in a small room looks as a Baroque painting.
Every day, girls, mothers and grandmothers go to the 18th century fort in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, where the so called Headquarters of the Self-defence Force has been based for the past year. There are so many weavers during the daytime that one can barely make it through the corridors, and the air is filled with clamour, smell of coffee, and Ukrainian music playing from the radio. These women come here to make ghillie suits for the Ukrainian snipers fighting in Donbas.
Kikimora is a creature from the Slavic mythology that can lure a traveller into tricky mires. The name is also used to refer to the ghillie suit that helps a fighter camouflage himself in natural terrain.
The Birth of Kikimora is a story about the women making suits for Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the eastern regions of the country. Made of strips of cloth and lengths of natural fibre, Kikimora can make a sniper an invisible creature of war.
Kiev, March 2015
Venue: Kaunas Picture Gallery
Address: K. Donelaičio st. 16, Kaunas LT 44213
Working hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, Thu 11 am – 7 pm
Exhibition will last until 31 Dec, 2015