“I am often asked about my nationality. Moreover, when I’m presenting a large international exhibition, the organizers actually insist that I specify which country in the world I represent. Despite a common notion of dividing the world into artificial pieces called countries, I strongly believe that the world is one for all.”
“One of my grandfathers was Ukrainian from Kyrgyzstan, while the other was Russian from Bessarabia. I was born in Yakutia, the coldest region of Siberia, a remote part of the USSR, a country that no longer exists. When the USSR collapsed, we became citizens of Russia, although Yakutia and its people are like aliens from another planet in comparison to Moscow and its inhabitants. Later on in my life, I moved to Australia and got my Aussie passport there; however, I always felt that I was more Siberian. So, who am I? You are confused, right? Well, I know it! I am a citizen of the world”.