Sonia Atlantova | Mother of Crop Savior
Mother of Crop Savior, 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
In Ukrainian culture the relationship with bread is very special. Harvest is a combination of work, blessing, and an opportunity to feed, as well as connect with nature.When Russian soldiers burn ripe wheat crop in Ukrainian fields, when taking care of the crop becomes life threatening in some places, it is perceived as sacrilege. Ukrainians are fighting for their land, and land is crop.
© Sonia Atlantova
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.