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Dedication to the Small Homeland

2019 is the year of the small homeland. I think that the exhibition should be small and modest, without pathos.

I have touched on three themes in my creative quests dedicated to the small homeland.

Chernobyl – an abandoned house on a hill; a boat by the road; storks returning to their nest, not knowing about the real level of radiation; an elderly person – alone, all in the past.

Bykhaw is the birthplace of thousands of people. The remains of Bykhaw castle as testifiers of history. Its walls saw everything, lives and deaths passed one after another before these walls... Here Bykhaw habitants defended their city, their small homeland. The echo of past centuries tells of the dramas of human destinies.

...Today, unknown Andrey confessed his love to unknown Olga. A modest graffiti at the foot of the north tower assures us: life goes on, life triumphs!

In my native Stowbtsy region there is a wonderful place sung by Jakub Kolas. His childhood passed here. His family lived and worked here. In these places, the grace of God touched him. He composed his first verses in these places. A young Janka Kupala came here to meet Kolas, already a famous poet.

Akinchytsy, Smolnia, Lastok are the poet’s native places. It is very quiet here, except grasshoppers in the grass, and occasionally pine trees creak, recalling their childhood...

Belarus consists of millions of small homelands.

JuryjNestsiaruk