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Memories of the future. Series Maria Worobyova

Maria Worobyova Posted: june 14, 2022 / Modified: june 14, 2022
Memories of the future. Series Maria Worobyova
From November 2021 I was planning to move to Portugal from Russia. Finally, I came to Lisbon in March 2022: the moment coincided with the beginning of situation we have in the world.
I have left all my artworks in Russia, as I had to leave Moscow with just one suitcase. Now in my new shelter in Lisboa I have only one painting from these series, which was exhibited in Venice in January 2022, and I could receive it here.

The other ones nowadays are stuck in Moscow in the apartment of my university years friend, Nastia, who lives in the center of Moscow, Tverskaya street, where all demonstrations take place.
That day, XX of Mar, when I moved all my works to Nastia’s apartment in the downtown, she met me dressed up in colors of Ukrainian flag: long yellow skirt and blue sweater.

I took a photo from that our meeting: Nastia in colors of the Ukrainian flag, in front of my canvases. In the photo Nastia was standing in front of my oil self-portrait, where I raised up the arm, and accidentally she did the same gesture. It was like a mirror. That moment inspired me to create a painting with this composition.

Later, before crossing the Russian border, I was forced to delete the photo from my phone Before cleaning the phone, I sent the photo to Nastia, but in the next few days she was arrested on the streets of Moscow, she had blocked her phone, while being transferred in a police van, and then couldn't unblock it.

That photo is unrestorable, that mirror moment now exists only in our memory. That very emotional moment of my life, the draw line.
Thus, I’ve decided to restore it in my new painting. I ought to paint this picture in oil for nobody can delete it. And share it with people.
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