The figure of a woman standing on her hands on the ruins is painted on the wall of a badly damaged house in Borodyanka.
The world’s most famous street artist, Banksy’s work typically carries socio-political messages, and his choice of location is also of significance. Although he works mostly in Britain, he has already graffitied in the West Bank in response to the Palestinian situation and in Calais because of migrants heading to England.
It is therefore not surprising that he unveiled his latest creation in Ukraine a few days ago. The graffiti was painted on the ruins of a severely damaged building in Borodyanka settlement, which was bombed by enemy troops in the spring. The image shows a woman flipping herself over using her hands, apparently exercising on a pile of rubble. Borodyanka is located about an hour northwest of Kyiv and was attacked by the Russians in April. According to some news sources, the damage to residential buildings in the town was deliberate, as the Russians targeted civilians here. In recent days, several graffiti in the style of Banksy have been seen in the city, leading to speculation that the anonymous artist had visited the area, until he posted a picture of the gymnast girl on his own Instagram page. However, it is not yet clear whether the other works were also spray-painted by Banksy.