Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv (balcony hall)

© Valentyn Kuzan
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Venue: Estonian Children's Literature Centre (see on map)
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Wars do not unfortunately end as soon as the conflict ends, when a treaty that puts a stop to the speech of weapons is signed. Wars can continue to live in the minds of people for years or even decades. This is why we need to start thinking about the essence of war when it is still raging. Especially in the case of Russia’s aggression, which is an example of a particularly unjust attack; a war that is based on injustice and that increases the injustices with each passing day. What can you use to counter injustice that cannot be undone and taken back? It is possible that artists Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv are trying to find an answer to this question in their book How War Changed Rondo. First published in 2015, the impetus for the story of Rondo came from the occupation of Crimea a year earlier. It seems that in depicting Rondo, Romanyshyn and Lessiv have taken inspiration from their native Lviv, where they were both born in 1984 – Rondo is a very beautiful place but the peace is shattered by a nasty character: War, which has no voice, face or feelings. The city residents, including three friends, the glass boy Danko, paper bird Zirka and balloon dog Fabian, must find a way to stand up to raging War with their fragile bodies and determined minds.

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