• Olexander Klimenko | Vyshgorod (Vladimir) Icon of Mother of God


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    Vyshgorod (Vladimir) Icon of Mother of God, 2022

    Tempera on wood from ammunition boxes abandoned by Russian soldiers on battle fields near Kyiv and rescued by Ukrainian deminers.

    61 x 36.5cm | 24 x 14.4 in

    A very significant image for Ukraine and Kyiv. In the 12th century this icon was kept in Vyshgorod - now one of the suburbs of Kyiv. When the Russian prince Andrei Bogolyubsky attacked Kyiv in 1169, among all the loot, he took the precious icon to Vladimir. Thus, the name of the icon changed - it became more often called Vladimir than Vyshgorod. Analogies with what is happening now in Ukraine speak for themselves. Bucha, Irpen, Gostomel are located only a few kilometers from Vyshgorod, which, only by chance, was not assaulted by the Russian army.

    © Olexander Klimenko

    Icons on Ammunition Boxes is a conceptual project by Ukrainian artists Sonia Atlantova and Olexander Klimenko launched in 2014. Icons painted on fragments from Russian ammunition boxes from the war zone in Ukraine serve as silent war witnesses and at the same time symbols of victory of life over death. From September 2015, this project has been supporting The First Volunteer Mobile Hospital named after Mikola Pirogov, the largest private hospital in Ukraine fully operational during the current war helping the army and civilian population.