The series ‘Elegy’ visualizes the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ (1941-44) and the terror of ideologies vs the individual. Vanriet depicts a society dominated by ideology, hardship and suffering. In some works, the message is quite straightforward; others are more enigmatic. Although the series focuses on events that have taken place in the forties, it is painfully contemporary. Vanriet started the series in 2019. The war in Ukraine makes ‘Elegy’ almost prophetic.