Scene_1 is part of the series Neglection by Belarusian artist and graphic designer Liliya Kvatsabaya. The series centers the political protest and unrest in Belarus following fraudulent elections in August 2020. In her work, Lilia portrays the injustices felt by the Belarusian people, and mass violence perpetrated by the police. She draws on her own experiences participating in peaceful protests and chains of solidarity in Minsk. The compositing of fragmented objects and imagery from violent arrests of peaceful protestors with her own self-portraits create an intimate perspective of the human rights violations in Belarus.
Liliya Kvatsabya was born in Belarus and lived there for 19 years. She was a student at the State Academy of Arts, but she had to interrupt her studies and relocate to the United States due to the political unrest in Belarus. In her work, Lilia portrays the injustices felt by the Belarusian people and mass violence perpetrated by the police. Lilia’s posters and illustrations depicting the Belarusian democracy movement have been exhibited internationally in Germany, Japan, and Poland.