Kseniya Simonova

Kseniya Simonova is a young Ukranian artist who uses sand painting over a light box to tell stories. She was the winner of 2009’s Ukraine’s Got Talent with a moving tale of the German occupation of Ukraine.

Here we see an interesting parallel to the remix prevalent in digital culture: the meaning of an image changes with its context. Simonova’s work emphasizes the performance found in remix culture; the impact of a remix often depends largely on the viewer’s knowledge of the source material and understanding the links (or citations) to that work. In this instance, the viewer appreciates the remixed work as a stand-alone object, but also how the act of remixing itself has changed the meaning.