Strength is the eighth Major Arcana. A young woman defeats a formidable, indestructible lion with her bare hands. Above the woman's head is a lemniscate, a symbol of infinity and higher knowledge. This is the moment of gaining inner strength to overcome external and internal obstacles. He is able to change any situation, overcome any obstacle and overcome any resistance. Strength does not compromise, it patronizes those who have the courage to jump into the void, decide on the impossible, rush into the abyss.
When the familiar way of life is disrupted, the next hour is what the word “future” now contains, and you don’t know where you will be tomorrow, a small sheet of paper and graphite become the technique that can convey the moment. One sheet instead of a canvas captures a moment and becomes an act of survival. The darkness of the graphite corresponds to the narrative of this diary - it is the dust of the roads, black smoke over the houses against the background of a cloudy white sky, the dirt of early spring, the earth with craters from shells. Black and white thinking seizes the sovereignty of the mind, and this new matching medium helps to keep the diary and carry it with you. A big part of the graphic works by Vladislav Ryaboshtan is landscapes of the earth taken from the sky above the enemy, and the target in the middle becomes the main axis. Air raid sirens or danger does not stop the process and it continues underground, just like this series, this journey from light to dark and from black to white continues as long as the war goes on.
Olga Kuzyura's works are visual documents that capture the moments of breaking the security paradigm. It is a fixation of death and the birth of life. We are reaching new limits and they are expanding with a creak. New norms of perception break into the temporary present. The security "Now" that we have and that we are revealing to the world.