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“Buy an Icon – Save a Life” is an art project of Kyivan artists Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko aimed to support the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH), a non-government project that employs civilian medics to provide medical aid to both militants and civilians in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes, brought from the combat zone, have already been held at the European Parliament, Parliaments of Ukraine and Lithuania, St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, and the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine. The icons have been displayed in The Hague, Antwerp, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hanover, Leipzig, Bonn, Cologne, Warsaw, Vienna, Lublin, Prague, Rome, Milan, and Catania on Sicily, as well as the Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Lutsk, Mariupol, Dnipro, Kamyanske, and Pokrovsk. Exhibitions of the icons on ammo boxes were also part of the 25th Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland, and the 8th Kyiv Security Forum, and were held in the University of Alberta in Canada, the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of St. Thomas Aquinas in Kyiv.

The main idea of the project is the transformation of death (symbolized by ammo boxes) into life (traditionally symbolized by icons in Ukrainian culture). What is important, this victory of life over death happens not only on the figurative and symbolic level but also in reality…

Icons available for purchase

For icon availability and purchase inquiries, please contact the author, Oleksandr Klymenko, at
olafclemensen@gmail.com,
+380 67 968 2973 or +380 50 591 6507

Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady with the Child
50×53 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady Hodegetria
43.5×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady with the Child
49×53 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Dmytriy
34×39.5 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Panteleymon the Healer
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, crayons
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Anthony the Great
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint George and the Dragon
34.5×40 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint George
44.5×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
34.5×39.5 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera, crayons
The board was brought from Pysky village
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Peter
34.5×39 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Apostle Paul
35х39.5 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
The Guardian Angel
34.5×40 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint George and the Dragon
45х51.5 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Oleksandr Klymenko
Head of Saint John the Baptist
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady the Crop Saver
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Balykino
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady the Never-fading Blossom
34×39 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Zhyrovitsy
45×50.5 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Catherine
46х51 cm
Ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was brought from Popasna
=SOLD=
Sofia Atlantova

Saint George and the Dragon
34.5×39 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera
The board was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Sofia Atlantova
Saint George and the Dragon
45×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Saint George and the Dragon
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Nicholas
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Bakhmut
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Archangel Michael
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Bakhmut
Sofia Atlantova
The Annunciation
46×51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone)
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Guardian Angel
46х51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera
The board was brought from Bakhmut
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Nicholas
85х45 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf
The board was brought from Pisky village
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady of Kozelschyna
46х51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin: Krasnohorivka.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Archangel Michael
49х53 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin: Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone).
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady of Volyn
46х51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin: Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone).
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Oleksandr Klymenko
Savior
39х112 cm
Shell box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Popasna.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Oleksandr Klymenko
The Softener of Evil Hearts icon
49х81 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin: Pisky village
Oleksandr Klymenko
Our Lady with the Child
49х54 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone).
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Sofia Atlantova
Ascension of the Prophet Elijah
34х39 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin unknown.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Sofia Atlantova
Our Lady the Never-fading Blossom
36х53 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Vodyane.
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Mark the Evangelist
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera.
Place of origin unknown.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Matthew the Evangelist
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
Place of origin unknown.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint Luke the Evangelist
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box lid, tempera, gold leaf.
Place of origin unknown.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Oleksandr Klymenko
Saint John the Evangelist
35х40 cm
AKM ammunition box bottom, tempera.
Place of origin unknown.
The box was a present given by officers of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine
Sofia Atlantova
Saint Margaret (Marina)
45х51 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone).
The box was brought by PFVMH staff
Sofia Atlantova
Saint George and the Dragon
35х39 cm
Ammunition box fragment, tempera.
Place of origin: Avdiyivka (Industrial Zone).
The box was brought by PFVMH staff

 

Download “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” booklet, 1.45 MB
Download the “Ilovaysk Deisis” catalog, 6,03 MB
Download the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” catalog, 36 MB
Video: “Art that Saves Lives: Contemporary Ukrainian Icon Painting. Originally presented at the Folklore Lunch organized by the Kule Folklore Center at the University of Alberta on October 6, 2017”

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