• Olexander Klimenko | Virgin and Child


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    Virgin and Child, 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

    Motherhood during the war is one of those topics that cannot be discussed without emotions. No one knows why it is so necessary now - for mothers to lose their children. It is impossible to find any justification for this, this is boundless pain, which only the Mother of God, whose Son was brutally tortured and killed, can fully understand and share. What cannot be expressed in words is reflected in a symbolic image. The words fall silent and the timeless tragedy remains, but through it, with the light on the clothes and in the faces, the unthinkable joy of the Resurrection emerges.

    © 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.