Olexander Klimenko | St. John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist, 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
Strict concentrated face of the Saint on a rough board with traces of protective paint that echoes the color scheme of the robe speaks of severe restraint, so necessary in the most difficult times. There is a parallel with the current situation in Ukraine - we all stand ready to deter and defend the country from terrible evil. The face of the Saint is tense, but at the same time glows with inner light.
© 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.