9 Mai 2016
May 8, 2016
MINSK – A Belarusian man is making ink-wash paintings themed on the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima as a way to support their recovery efforts.
“I hope to encourage the Japanese people by showing them that I’m healthy 30 years after the disaster, being involved in a creative activity and living a forward-looking life,” Vladimir Malyshev, 51, said in an interview.
Malyshev, a former member of the military who lives in the Belarus capital of Minsk, was one of those deployed to respond to the Chernobyl disaster in northern Ukraine, then a Soviet republic, soon after it began.
“A quarter century of human suffering should never be overlooked,” Malyshev said, speaking in Russian.
His ink-wash paintings focus on the tragedies of those who were forced to abandon their homes to escape the radiation. The paintings also reference A-bombed Hiroshima and orizuru, the paper cranes representing peace and reconstruction.
Malyshev expressed respect for the Japanese workers who took part in the response to the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 plant in March 2011. His experience battling the April 1986 Chernobyl explosion lasted for three months starting in November 1986.
After retiring from the military in 1993, he started making paintings related to the disaster while working in anime production. His first solo exhibition was recently held in Minsk to mark the 30th anniversary of the accident.
Malyshev, an aikido practitioner, hopes his paintings will one day make it to Japan.
“I’d like them to be seen by Japanese people working for disaster recovery and those who were forced to evacuate.”