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“Swimming Through”: We Dyed The Pond In Front Of The Russian Embassy In Lithuania So That It Looks Like Blood
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“Swimming Through”: We Dyed The Pond In Front Of The Russian Embassy In Lithuania So That It Looks Like Blood

The performance “Swimming Through” is a call for action in support of the Ukrainian people who are facing genocide committed by Russia.

It’s a call to not remain neutral in the face of the war. A call to take an active part in protecting the lives, the freedom, and the democracy of Ukrainian people who are being tortured, raped, and killed by Russia.

Idea and execution: Berta Tilmantaitė, Neringa Rekašiūtė, Rūta Meilutytė, Aurelija Urbonavičiūtė

Photo and Video: Neringa Rekašiūtė, Berta Tilmantaitė, Mindaugas Drigotas, Andrius Repšys, Karolis Pilypas Liutkevičius

Music: Viktoras Urbaitis

Big thanks to the sponsors: Cgates, UAB; Aurelijus Liubinas; Inospectra, UAB

More info: Instagram | Facebook

The performance “Swimming Through” is a call to take action in support of the lives and the freedom of the Ukrainian people

It is important not to get numb to the horrific images of mass killings of Ukrainians and their pain. The seemingly never-ending horrors imposed by Russia on the Ukrainian land must not become the norm. With countries such as Germany not stepping up and posing adequate sanctions on the aggressor – choosing money over people, makes it hard to remain hopeful. Therefore it’s crucial that we keep acting – spreading truthful information, volunteering, protesting, donating, and pressuring our governments to take action.

We dyed the pond in front of the Russian embassy in Lithuania with red ecological dye which symbolizes the war crimes committed against Ukrainians

The swimming was performed by Lithuanian Olympian Rūta Meilutytė

The bloody pond emphasizes Russia’s responsibility for committing war crimes against Ukrainians. Swimming, performed by Lithuanian Olympian Rūta Meilutytė, symbolizes the need for continuous effort to fight through.

(The pond in front of the Russian embassy in Lithuania was dyed with ecological paint which is environmentally friendly and extensively used in biological scientific tests).

We think that it is important to protest and pressure our governments to take action in stopping the aggressor, we need to fight through

Performance “Swimming Through”

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Anony Mouse
Community Member
2 months ago

This is harmless, but it's not helpful. You can't truly help Ukraine by changing your facebook profile picture, filming yourself swimming, or making the world's tallest sandwich. Wearing blue and yellow does nothing to help the people. Slacktivism only makes people feel good about themselves. Time/resources/money need to go directly to reputable organizations that can help the Ukrainian people.

ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

And the worst part is when they call it performance

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btaglln
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope Putin is brought in Den Hague and treated as an evil war crimes dictator in future history books

LuckyNumbers
Community Member
2 months ago

Den Haag or the Hague but yeah completely agree.

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Nadine G
Community Member
2 months ago

Raising awareness through art is always important. If you dont get it/like it, that's fine. You dont have to. However plenty of people out there with their heads in the sand, and sometimes installations and performances like this is all that's needed for that 1 person to take notice and change. People help with how they can, most artists dont have the stomach for war, or the funds to help, but they can send a message like no ones business. Everyone has their strengths, let them use it.

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Anony Mouse
Community Member
2 months ago

This is harmless, but it's not helpful. You can't truly help Ukraine by changing your facebook profile picture, filming yourself swimming, or making the world's tallest sandwich. Wearing blue and yellow does nothing to help the people. Slacktivism only makes people feel good about themselves. Time/resources/money need to go directly to reputable organizations that can help the Ukrainian people.

ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

And the worst part is when they call it performance

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btaglln
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope Putin is brought in Den Hague and treated as an evil war crimes dictator in future history books

LuckyNumbers
Community Member
2 months ago

Den Haag or the Hague but yeah completely agree.

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Nadine G
Community Member
2 months ago

Raising awareness through art is always important. If you dont get it/like it, that's fine. You dont have to. However plenty of people out there with their heads in the sand, and sometimes installations and performances like this is all that's needed for that 1 person to take notice and change. People help with how they can, most artists dont have the stomach for war, or the funds to help, but they can send a message like no ones business. Everyone has their strengths, let them use it.

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