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Nikolai Shmatko: "Ukrainian people have been twisted economically like a broken construction!"
Nikolai Shmatko added a new work called "The Default" to his gallery. This sculpture has been made of white marble and it symbolizes the hard economic situation in Ukraine.
"The Default" is an achievement of the new Ukrainian authorities and politicians who have driven the country and its people into bankruptcy by means of various manipulations. The sculpture itself symbolizes a difficult state of a wide stratum of the population, culture, science, economy, etc., who have been twisted like a broken construction. You can judge this by yourself by looking at excessively high prices, decrease and slump in production, unemployment, etc. If a person has a job, he receives salary just enough for surviving, while he works not less than 12 hours per day. All the others are mostly pensioners and elderly people growing decrepit, who were building a real and reach Ukraine and finally have built it. This so called "merry-go-round" of people also includes those who participated in the ATO", says Nikolai Shmatko. In his opinion, every Ukrainian citizen has made his conscious aware of the default. They are suffering, they are keeping silence, they are fooled out, and the only fact that they are able to admit is that they are powerless!
We would like to remind you that the King of Marble Nikolai Shmatko left Mukachevo in 2013, and now, despite of numerous appeals to the officials of various levels, his unique collection of marble sculptures is kept in a basement.
The art gallery "Shmatko & Sons" was founded in 1985 by the sculptor Nikolai Shmatko. As of today, it contains the biggest collection of marble sculptures in Ukraine made by one author. The author's collection contains about 135 sculptures, more than 80 of which are made of Italian and Ural marble, 300 pictures (paintings, graphic arts), and architectural projects.
Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskiy, 05.10.2015 (photos of Rafael Shmatko)