Luda tells survival story

Luda Korczynskyj, of East Victoria Park, will exhibit in Fremantle. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d433918
Luda Korczynskyj, of East Victoria Park, will exhibit in Fremantle. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d433918

The exhibition starts on Friday in the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle.

Luda says speaking to her 96-year-old father about his experiences first as a Soviet soldier fighting against the Germans, and later his plight in a German refugee camp, spurred her on.

She said he was in a small Russian tank, which was quickly destroyed, and eventually taken prisoner.

�He was sent to a prisoner of war camp but managed to escape which was very hard for him,� she said.

�He tried to get back to his village and that is where he met my mother�s family who took him in.

�It was the dreadfully cold Russian winter of 1943 and the Germans were evacuating and everyone just followed them.�

Luda, who was born in a refugee camp, remembers her parents speaking about how lucky they were to get on a boat to Australia.

�There was so much suffering then so what I am doing is attempting to portray the historical plight of all refugees in visual forms,� she said.

�My exhibition touches on the inhumanity of being a refugee, but we were lucky back then we were welcomed as refugees after World War II.

�Some refugees today are not so lucky.�

The show uses words and pictures as well as paint.