Rufina Bazlova

Belarus

When tens of thousands of Belarusians took to the streets in August 2020 to protest the rigged election of President Alexander Lukashenko, artist Rufina Bazlova—who lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic—was frustrated she couldn’t join the people of her homeland. So, she showed her support the only way she knew how, by embroidering hundreds of images based on photos of the clashes between the protestors and the police force. Using both hand-stitching and digital drawing, Rufina’s works also depict those brave enough to speak out against the government—recording the country’s fight for freedom and democracy one stitch at a time.