“I am from Belarus.” “Mmm, where is it?” Perhaps all Belarusians heard that question the moment they introduced themselves when abroad.
Natalie Reyne is no exception and when she finally got tired of answering the same question over and over again, #WTFISBELARUS was born.
The artist came up with a Minsk-based street art project that satirize foreigners’ misconceptions about our country but in a friendly way.
Nonetheless, Reyne explains that her idea doesn’t intend to either make a political statement or offend anyone.
“I can’t name all of the countries in Africa or South America, and I always confuse Slovakia and Slovenia,” she admits.
On the contrary, she wants the project to stand as a humorous take on real-life experience.
“Yes, we are a small and unknown country. We can either suffer and complain about it (like some of us love to do), or we can simply laugh and explain to yet another foreigner that we are not Russia and no, we are not in Africa, but we are in Europe itself.
We have our own language, culture and character. The Soviet spirit keeps walking along our avenues, that our castles don’t look like in Scotland, as they were built for other purposes.
And instead of a conclusion, I hope you won’t be very angry at me for ruining your walls, our city definitely needs some street art.”