Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova was forced to leave Kiev two weeks after the Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022. She fled the capital city along with her mother, sister and pets and spent the initial days of occupation in the Transcarpathian region. It was in the riverbeds crisscrossing tiny villages nestled by the Carpathian mountain range that she noticed rounded stones. “To me, they looked like Palianytsia,” she says. Palianytsia is a type of traditional welcome bread common in Ukrainian households.
Those river stones have travelled from Ukraine to Kochi in Kerala in the form of an artwork titled ‘Palianytsia’ and are on display at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.