Stefania Velikovich, an artist and a designer from Serbia, who came to Yakutsk for the 5th International Biennial of contemporary art BY-18, presented her new painting, depicting a sacred tree, to the city. She said she drew it being inspired by Ysyakh Festival.
“There is much in common between Serbian and Yakut culture. I learned about this having visited Ysyakh Festival, which impressed me so much. I was touched to very roots of my being by the way the Yakuts appreciate and honor the traditions of their ancestors
," Velikovich said.
The gifted picture contained Yakut and Serbian motives. The artist handed the picture to deputy head of the city on social issues Evdokiya Evsikova
. Also Stephanie gave her a note of thanks and handed a book about the Morava River on behalf of the mayor of the city of Parachin, where she lives. E.Evsikova presented the artist a souvenir made in the shape of an emblem of Yakutsk.
“Yakutsk is one of the oldest cities on the territory of Eastern Siberia and Far East. It turned 385 years old last year. The majority of expeditions that helped to found many towns of Far East, North America and Alaska formed here in 17th – 18th centuries,
” noted Evdokia Evsikova.
Stefania Veljkovic thanked leaders of the city for the warm meeting and also expressed her wish to help the Yakut artists who want to visit Serbia.