Inspiration

Digital Art against Putin

These days, Ukrainians are overwhelmed with strong emotions. Local artists pour out their feelings into art. Bird in Flight made a selection of several anti-Kremlin digital artworks, accompanying them by the authors’ comments.

We have already published artists’ works and posters made by the Ukrainian designers since the beginning of the russian full-scale invasion. Now, we’ve collected 11 anti-Kremlin digital works and asked the authors what they were thinking about when creating their art.


Serhii Fedyniak

“It’s impossible to understand russian’s acts of brutality and inhumanity.”

“It’s impossible to understand acts of brutality and inhumanity committed in Ukraine by Russia and its government. It’s a crime against humanity. The majority of Russians believe in propaganda. They don’t doubt the lies even when they see Ukrainian cities destroyed by the Russian army or hear testimonials of captured soldiers, who confirm that they fulfilled criminal orders. In the digital world, we use reCAPTCHA tests to distinguish humans from robots. I decided to use the images from this war because I doubt that Russians have anything humane about them.”

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Ira Romb

“For me, the enemies are pathetic, insatiable chauvinists.”

“On March 18, I was lost for words when I saw Russian people celebrating the eighth anniversary of Crimea annexation and the Russian army destroying Ukrainian cities, homes, and lives at the same time. I spoke out with illustrations instead. The problem is not only with Putin, his propaganda, and his army. For me, the enemies are pathetic, insatiable chauvinists. All those ignorant Russian national perverts, who’ve supported the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and keep showing their support now thinking that they can avoid retribution by being loyal to putin.”


Paolo.V

“I was born in Luhansk and grew up there. Up until 2014, I used to live in Yalta, Crimea. Afterward, I moved to Italy. Now I’m in Kyiv. I have been looking forward to Putin’s death since 2014.”


Anna Kovalchuk

“I drew inspiration from a Telegram channel, which sends daily updates on whether Putin has died yet.”

“I created this work in the first days of the war. Back then, everyone was very emotional, and this work shows the fury and hatred that I felt towards that person. I drew inspiration from a Telegram channel, which sends daily updates on whether Putin has died yet. What if he actually did? How would his party say goodbye to their favorite dictator? I created my vision of one person’s end of life. I thought it was a good idea to show everyone faceless but him. I’m still not sure if at least one of his servants has their own identity. The creation of this work brought me some pleasure. Perhaps, it’s because the whole country waits for the story to end this way.”


Oleh Semak

“I speak Russian, there is no need for Putin to save me.”

“Here is a description of one of my works. ‘Once upon a time, there was an insecure little girl who ate too many potatoes. Something went wrong in her body, and she started throwing up with rockets and releasing gas attacks at her neighbors. It was not her neighbors’ fault. So they decided to call for the arsonist from Poltava to fly by on his loyal Bayraktar and help them out. And the arsonist burned down the girl with her insecurities.’ Here is another one. ‘I speak Russian, there is no need for Putin to save me. You killed the country in yourself. Putin, go put your army in your anus.'”

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“I speak Russian, there is no need for Putin to save me. You killed the country in yourself. Putin, go put your army in your anus”
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"Deputinization—a set of measures aimed at cleansing the world of Putin and his society"
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"I do not want any mother to receive such a parcel. Do not let your children come to us, we also want to see ours"
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“Once upon a time, there was an insecure little girl who ate too many potatoes. Something went wrong in her body, and she started throwing up with rockets and releasing gas attacks at her neighbors. It was not her neighbors' fault. So they decided to call for the arsonist from Poltava to fly by on his loyal Bayraktar and help them out. And the arsonist burned down the girl with her insecurities”

Anton Abo

“I’ve mastered my hatred towards Putin and focused on ironic topics.”

“It was hard to do something in the first days of the war. My family and I decided to stay in Kyiv. In a couple of days, we got adjusted. When I had free time, I made some illustrations to recharge myself. Then I was offered to sell my works to raise money for the Ukrainian Army and humanitarian organizations. I started to draw more. I’ve mastered my hatred towards Putin and focused on ironic topics. But there are still some dramatic images I can’t avoid.”

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Maksym Moshkovskyi

“My drawings help our defenders to stay sane.”

“I was creating my drawings in Kyiv, sitting in the corridor, listening to the air raid sirens, thinking my angry thoughts. Back in the peaceful days, I had a series of works about totem animals, which impersonated people’s flaws or emotions. Since February 24, I’ve been drawing animals that resist occupation. I received a lot of comments from people who told me that my drawings helped our defenders to stay sane.”

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Mykyta Lys’kov

“Eventually, I’ll make a movie based on these animations.”

“This work is a part of the ‘putler kaput!’ initiative. Eventually, I’ll make a movie based on these animations and show it at the festivals.”


Oleksandra Spasova

“I was afraid to fail.”

“I made this video three days ago. We left Kyiv on the second day of the war and spent three more days on the road — five adults, one kid, and a cat in one car. It took me another couple of days to get back to normal. I felt an urge to do something like my head was on fire. But I couldn’t get started since I was so afraid to fail. I was able to create a video only after my family fled Kharkiv to a safe place. I’ve put a part of myself in this animation. I do hope that it will help someone.”


Yurii Khomovskyi

“I couldn’t make things beautiful, so I made them simple.”

“I created this work in a hotel in the Lviv region, holding my laptop on my knees. I couldn’t make things beautiful, so I made them simple.” ‎


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