• Olexander Klimenko | Grieving Mother of God and Dead Savior | Diptych


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    Grieving Mother of God and Dead Savior | Diptych, 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 / each

    Weapons brought death to many people in Ukraine, and sorrow to even more of them. How many wives and mothers mourn their dead husbands and children?! Every day, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers die defending democracy and freedom. Christ and the Mother of God at the most tragic moment of their earthly life remind Ukrainians of that. And for people who were not touched by the war - that death and sorrow continue to exist.

    © 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.