Ukraine Chess Board

The colors of Ukraine represent the ‘sky’ (blue) and the ‘wheat’ (yellow). Anno 2022 Ukraine is the chess board of autonomy and sovereignty, literally and figuratively.

The Russian invasion at the end of February 2022, seems to be about expanding the empire of Great Russia Peter the Great, possibly about confiscating the fertile grounds, about revenge for the second World “`War related to the behaviour of the Nazi’s, about the mix of historical and ethnological aspects or a personal drive of a leader to possess and destroy. It is likely a strange blend of them.

It all seems a bloody play of chess.  Russia has delivered many famous chess players, such as Anatoli KarpovViktor Korchnoi and Garry Kasparov, but now it seems it steps up the board itself.

The chess board has become a metaphor for the fight for democracy and freedom, against autocracy and unfreedom. That presently the most felt and communicated semantic differential in the West, but possibly and even more likely history will tell us that there is more under the sun.

Jack Kruf (2022) Ukraine Chess board. Breda.

The chess board is available for print on different media en products. The products are selected and curated and should remind us how fragile democracy, dignity and freedom in fact are and that fight, weapons and human loss are needed to maintain and preserve. History is repeating itself.