Commemorative event on the occasion of the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine. Street art artist Chemis dedicated one of his works to the Chamber. February 24, 2023, Prague.
Prague – The courage of Ukrainians, who have been resisting the invasion of Russian troops for a year, will be commemorated by a painting depicting a Ukrainian girl Amelia standing with a suitcase in the ruins of the city on Malostranské náměstí in Prague for several weeks from today. The work was created and dedicated to the Chamber of Deputies by leading Czech street artist Chemis. The large-format painting was unveiled today by representatives of the Chamber of Deputies in the presence of Speaker Markéta Pekarová Adamová and Deputy Ukrainian Ambassador Vitalij Usatyje on the balcony of the Chamber of Deputies' Smiřicky Palace overlooking Malostranské náměstí.
“Ukrainians are brave, you can see it every day. And they often stand on the ruins and speak for Ukraine to be free,” said the artist. The painting shows Amelia, who was made famous a year ago by footage of her singing and touching adults in a shelter. According to the artist, the work has the same theme as the girl's singing, which is to show that Ukraine is still alive.
The small celebration at the Parliament was one of a number of events that today will remind the entire Czech Republic that exactly one year ago, the Russian troops to Ukraine and started a war that has not yet ended. Some buildings in Prague, including the embassies of several countries, were already lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag at night. At the unveiling of the work, Pekarová Adamová recalled the horrors that are happening in Ukraine, as well as the solidarity on the other side. At the same time, she promised that the Czech Republic would continue to help the hard-pressed country.
Chemis is one of the most important Czech street artists today. Last March, he created a mural with the motif of a little girl hiding under the Ukrainian flag in Nusle, Prague. In connection with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, he created the legendary painting of a crying Masaryk on the wall of the boiler room at the Faculty of Science in Olomouc.