Kiev, Chernobyl & Pripyat – en Graffe

My pal Alex Morris sent us pics of murals & graf from the Ukraine. The first four are all in, and around, Kiev city centre.

“While I were wending me merry away around Kiev I noticed some fancy graffiti and all that. Sending you some of the best over.”

“However, an unexpected work trip arose in September 2021. And so with a day off on Sunday 12th September, we booked into a day tour and headed to the location of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.”

Chernobyl is a region permanently stuck in the past, that also provides an important message for the future.”

WOW! There it is guys, Chernobyl! Omg, it’s got a mural on it.

All of which can only lead onto the local town of Pripyat, which was built to house local power plant workers and their families.”

“The mass evacuation of the city was delayed whilst authorities denied the reality of the situation, eventually evacuating the city in a matter of hours.”

“Visitors can only stay in Pripyat for a short while and you’re not allowed to touch anything, otherwise you risk contaminating yourself”.

“In fact, there are radiation checks when you leave the Exclusion Zone to ensure you’ve not done anything stupid.”

“Some people do break into the Exclusion Zone and have to treks for days in the woods to reach Pripyat, which exposes them to a lot of radiation. But some of them may be the ones completing the graffiti. I couldn’t find any details on whether it was allowed by the government or not. But it’s there to behold.”

Photos taken by Alex Morris – September, 2021


Alex’s post on visiting Chernobyl, Pripyat & Kiev is fabulous! Click on over and check it out!

There is no end to taggers on this planet. Yet, somehow it’s comforting to me to know that. Not sure why. Perhaps it speaks to commonality of humanity.

A work of art, yet so far away it’s difficult to make out. Nonetheless it’s neat to see a Kiev street! Interesting parking.

105 thoughts on “Kiev, Chernobyl & Pripyat – en Graffe

  1. I’m happy to see taggers and street art everywhere too. The animal murals in the radiation zone are haunting. And how fascinating to know that people sneak in there, possibly to paint. Great share, Resa. Mant thanks to Alex.

    1. Yes, the animal murals are quite haunting. I feel sorry for all wildlife that couldn’t evacuate.
      So, if an artist sneaks in, that person must have a message for the few who will ever see it, such as Alex. (and us, now)
      Or, I suppose it could be a feather in the cap, just to say you went there. Yet, they stay long enough to actually paint something, and not just leave a graffiti mark.
      It might also say something about the economy of the country; that they have tours going there.
      Whatever, it is fascinating.

        1. Ahh, as a writer, you would see that. Someone will do the great fiction (based on fact) novel one day. Cripes, now you have me envisioning creatures…part human, part plant and part animal.

    1. John,
      Sorry for my tardiness. I actually don’t know what I’m doing when I blog.
      I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere! I’m El Kabong!
      Yes, Chernobyl is a scary thought, for a visit. Hanging long enough to do a mural is beyond. Yet, as we can see, it has been done.
      Alex says Kiev is a happening city. I believe that. When war is in the air, artists are in your hair!

    1. Agree! I have no idea who the artists are. If it’s illegal to go there, it would be illegal to paint there.
      Some artists would find that irresistible. xoxo

        1. Yes, trust ‘Oron to make the trip. xoxoxo
          I’m glad he did. I hope there are no lasting effects from residual radiation. Although, how would we ever know? xo

                    1. Oh…lol!!!!! xoxoxo

                      Of course drawing paper is hard to find in Canada. Canada who has more trees than anyone, except maybe Russia, imports drawing paper. I couldn’t find my go to paper, so bought a new brand imported from Italy.
                      That’s it! I’m going to route all of my next adventure walks, by art supply stores. I’m going to stock up for the entire winter!
                      At least we make our own toilet paper. I’ve got an 18 month supply. xoxoxo

                    2. I’m glad you got some writing paper, Italian can’t be bad. Good luck out there. I’m not that good at stocking up, I hope I don’t have to
                      “Borrow”’ toilet paper! xoxoxo

                    3. Ah! I commend you for ardent recycling!
                      Hmm, perhaps in this case re-purposing is more accurate.
                      Up-cycling? …. hahahahahaha!!!!!!

  2. That was FANTASTIC. I love all of them. It’s wonderful but SCARY, to be in a place that dangerous. CHERNOBYL it too hot to take a chance, but I suppose that’s the thrill for some of the artists. Beautiful work.

  3. Thats so wonderful, and within all the difference every piece is beautiful meeting the environment.I would have fear to stay in Pripyat, only for some hours. I hope the artist has taken enough security. Thanks for sharing, Resa! Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

    1. Thank you so much Michael!
      I hope the artists took precautions, as well!
      I still can’t get to your blog from any links. I think I can see your posts in the Reader.

    1. Where am I?
      TOF, I think I am in the “perhaps” part.
      I’m all over the place. When, where, what etc…
      Ah, yes, enjoyable. Thank you! I am back on earth.

        1. You are part of the art community. You write, you recite and blog. I’ll bet you do other creative things, as well. Art is not relegated to drawing or painting. Sculpture, music, dance, creative cooking, baking, decorating, design in all of its forms, writing books, poems or plays, etc!
          Isn’t it wonderful to be part of the arts?

  4. Resa – third time around to view these remarkable photos. Please relay my thanks to your pal, Alex Morris – brilliant captures.. As well, thanks for the introduction to his blog. I remember the day and where I was when I I found out that Chernobyl happened. At the time I felt that it was the most frightening event that had happened during my life-time. I remember feeling that it was a foreshadowing of what would come. April 26, 1986. I just read an interesting article that said that “Trees and other kinds of vegetation have proven to be remarkable resilient to the intense radiation around the nuclear disaster zone.” Life art, life will find a way.

    1. I remember the Chernobyl insanity, too. It was frightening. I read the same thing about plants. I’ll check out your link, as it could be a different source.
      It’s fab that Alex sent these to us. We need not to forget. These photos are a grim reminder, through art.
      Alex is a dear. I only hope he’s not glowing in the dark!
      What does it speak to, that there are tourist tours to Chernobyl?

      PS I found that mural today!

    1. Thank you, Lauren!
      Yes, it was a scary time. Hey, it’s scary now.
      BTW… loved the review in Diana’s blog!
      Your book is safely in my E reader! xoxoxo

      1. You’re welcome, Resa, and good point about scary times now. And thanks regarding Diana’s review. I am thrilled! I’ve also been asked to do some wonderful interviews, and one is posted on my blog. The other will come next week. It’s been an exciting adventure and thank you SO much for your support. I hope you enjoy the book. Hugs! xo

  5. Oh, this really is amazing and terrifying at the same time. I was at the last year of school when it happened. It was frightening and I remember -rather naively- right from the first day, not buying any veggies or fruits. Naively because we ate al the radiation many months later without knowing! Kudos to Alex for such a great job photographing all these beautiful murals and hugs to you for posting them!!!!!

    1. Agree! It is amazing! I can never thank Alex enough.
      I remember not buying these fruit juices I loved. They were from the Ukraine. There were some special flavours…cherry juice, black current, apricot and more. I’ve never bought them since.
      I only hope Alex isn’t glowing in the dark. He a dear heart!

  6. That is just nuts, I say. I would hesitate and then hesitate some more before visitng Chernobyl or Pripyat, I tell you. That people sneak in is just mind-boggling. That people have chosen to risk their lives to show their art is a testament to the need to share their art.
    This is amazing!

    1. I don’t even want to visit the Ukraine.
      Art is a powerful motivation, for some.
      It keeps me going, and not just painted, but music, dance, sculpture, cooking et al!

  7. The Kiev murals are true symbol such the man cutting the snake or the helpful hand coming from the highest.
    Chernobyl was a disaster not knowing the frontiers !
    The murals express well the philosophy of the authors;
    Love ❤

  8. Yourself and other artists and countless others are deeply interested in the happenings
    around their home and the world! We can’t helped it. Near or far it effects us one
    way or another.
    Incredible renditions leave the heart and mind with thoughts to ponder.
    always interesting here Resa, love, Eddie

    1. Yeah!!
      So I saw your comment on Art Gowns. I have just set up the new Art Gown, and will begin photography tomorrow. She will be on display in about 10 days! xoxo

        1. 3 months is the fastest I’ve ever made a gown. Normally 5, 6 months. (I sew them by hand…no machine sewing) I’m so excited. I’ve been shooting the new gown. I have a Hallowe’en post going up in a couple of days (on GLAM).
          I’m thinking the new Art Gown will go up a few days after that. xoxo

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