Olexander Klimenko | Intercession of the Holy Mother of God
Intercession of the Holy Mother of God, 2022
Tempera on wood from an ammunition box delivered to Kyiv by western military aid to Ukraine.
40x35cm |15.7x13.8 inches
The image is very traditional. The Mother of God here holds her headscarf over people who are thus under Her protection. Associatively, the image is reminiscent of a bird that shelters its chicks under its wings. This icon is especially revered by the military - the Mother of God covers the soldiers with Her cover, while they defend the rest of us. Now in Ukraine, the topic of protection, being under cover, has acquired a particular importance. More broadly, it is a symbol of security, hope for deliverance, rest from the constant tension of war.
© 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.