Olexander Klimenko | Virgin With Child
Virgin With Child, 2022
Tempera on wood from Russian ammunition boxes rescued by Ukrainian soldiers from battlefields near Kyiv.
40x35cm |15.7x13.8 inches
Saint George, one of the most revered saints, is slaying a winged dragon. The board the image is painted on is covered with spots reminiscent of camouflage on the uniforms of modern military men. The windings of the dragon's body suggest the caterpillars of enemy tanks or the furrows gnawed by heavy equipment on Ukrainian land. But the white horse and the mighty warrior on it bring hope, which is now just as necessary for all Ukrainians as weapons for the Ukrainian 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.