Rufina Bazlova

Rufina Bazlova, born 1990 in Grodno (Belarus). Lives and works in Prague (Czech Republic). 2015 Master of Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and 2020 Bachelor of Scenography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. 2010 Main prize of the Model Young Package Award in the category comics. 2014 – 2016 Presentation of the comic „Ženokol“ at comic festival Stribefeber, Norway and CRWECON, Czech Republic. 2020 artistic support of street protests in Belarus against presidential election fraud. 

Democratic Revolution in Belarus

5 Motives, je 100 x 70 cm, Screen printing on paper, 

varying edition heights, 2020

In her work, Belarusian artist Rufina Bazlova confronts her roots for the first time, responding to the ongoing democratic revolution in Belarus.  In August 2020, tens of thousands of Belarus*ians staged protests over the rigged election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Her frustration with the situation in her homeland and the fact that she could not actively participate in the street protests forced the artist to support the protesters, at least mentally, from abroad. Bazlova began to digitally create embroidered images in Vyshyvanka style with political meaning, which resemble the traditional motifs of Belarus. They are red motifs on a white background, reflecting the colors of the opposition of the current regime.The cockroach depicted in many works is symbolic of Lukashenko. She posts her works on social media, thus ensuring direct access to her art and its rapid dissemination.